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To: Roy F who wrote (295)11/3/1999 8:52:00 AM
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KVH's High-accuracy TACNAV FOG Selected For Delfin Signal Intelligence Project

November 3, 1999 08:06 AM
MIDDLETOWN, R.I.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 3, 1999--KVH Industries, Inc. KVHI today announced that Delfin Systems, a business unit of Titan Corporation, has selected TACNAV(TM) FOG systems to meet highly precise heading and position specifications for its vehicle-mounted signal intelligence system. Delfin is installing TACNAV FOGs, KVH's tactical navigation system with an integrated fiber optic gyroscope, in Interim Prophet Ground Systems that Delfin is developing for the U.S. Army Communications and Electronics Command (CECOM) under a $9.1 million contract.

Delfin Systems is heading the development and installation of its radio direction-finding systems on High Mobility Multi-purpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs). TACNAV FOG provides the location and heading data that the mobile Interim Prophet Ground System requires to determine the location of detected radio signals.

"We are privileged that Delfin Systems has selected TACNAV FOG as a component of the signal intelligence systems that Titan is developing for the U.S. Army," said Martin Kits van Heyningen, KVH president and CEO. "KVH undertook the development of TACNAV FOG because there are many military applications for a cost-effective, high-accuracy positional system. Delfin's purchase of our first TACNAV FOGs validates our belief in this product."

TACNAV FOG provides the 100 percent availability of navigation data and Global Positioning System (GPS) enhancement that is the hallmark of other KVH TACNAV systems in use around the world. By itself, GPS is susceptible to data losses if terrestrial interference or hostile activity interrupt signals. TACNAV systems overcome signal interruptions by integrating their heading and position data with information from the GPS.

"Our systems will provide the U.S. Army with a new generation of vehicular-mounted, direction-finding equipment that will ensure it has the world's finest capability to detect and locate HF, VHF and UHF radios being used by potential adversaries," said Project Manager Fredrik Bjornstad of Delfin. "This is an important task, and we are pleased that TACNAV FOG met our project criteria for providing highly precise location and heading data with no interruptions."

In addition to providing positional information, as it does for the HMMWV on the Delfin project, TACNAV FOG can provide precision navigation pointing and dynamic turret pointing aboard main battle tanks and other heavy armored vehicles. TACNAV FOG combines data from a vehicle's onboard systems (e.g., odometer, laser rangefinder, laser warning receiver) with information from TACNAV's digital compass. An array of TACNAV navigational tools that includes steer-to, cross-track, off-course, and target acquisition/reacquisition displays increases the efficiency of a vehicle's driver, commander, and crew. The fiber optic gyro precisely measures the azimuth rotation of a vehicle and integrates tightly with GPS when it is available to offer both a greater degree of accuracy than GPS or TACNAV systems alone and the added capability of far-target location - all at a far lower cost than competing inertial systems.

"As the latest generation in our evolving line of precision navigation, pointing and stabilization products, TACNAV FOG was designed for the most demanding combat vehicle applications," said Jim Dodez, KVH vice president of marketing. "KVH now has a family of products that supports the entire spectrum of combat vehicles, from ambulances to main battle tanks."

The Titan Corporation is a leading provider and integrator of state-of-the-art information technologies, wireless communications systems and services, and medical product sterilization and food pasteurization products and services. The company has annualized sales of about $400 million and a backlog in excess of $1 billion. Titan Corporation is headquartered in San Diego, CA, and has 2,800 employees.

KVH uses its proprietary autocalibration, sensor and fiber optic technologies to develop and market a range of products, from mobile satellite communications systems for land and sea to navigation systems for military and commercial applications. The company has its headquarters in Middletown, RI, and additional offices in Illinois, Florida and Denmark.

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