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KVH Introduces Universal Multilingual Display for TACNAV Systems


MIDDLETOWN, RI – February 9, 2001 – In the heat of battle, correctly translating critical navigation data from a foreign language is the last thing the commander or crew of an armored vehicle needs to worry about. With this in mind, KVH Industries (Nasdaq: KVHI) will unveil its new TACNAV™ Universal Multilingual Display (UMD) at the Fifth International Defense Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) being held March 18-22, 2001 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Compatible with all existing and future KVH TACNAV tactical navigation systems, this active dot matrix display is the first multilingual display for a tactical navigation system. Capable of presenting information in Arabic and other non-English languages, the TACNAV UMD can also display pop-up menus, configuration data, messages, and a variety of universally understood icons and images.

“The TACNAV UMD is a significant step forward in tactical navigation display design,” explained Christopher Burnett, vice president of business development. “Right now, armored vehicle crews worldwide navigate in battlefield conditions using displays that show information only in English. It would be easier, faster, and safer for these crews to receive this data in their native language. Recognizing this, we created the TACNAV UMD, which provides, in virtually any language, the critical navigation and situational awareness data that has become the hallmark of the TACNAV products.”

The TACNAV UMD is a form, fit, and function replacement for KVH’s original line of tactical navigation displays. However, the TACNAV UMD’s active dot matrix display offers far greater flexibility in presenting data than its predecessor’s design. The TACNAV UMD is also equipped with four “soft keys” and data storage capacity, allowing the display to present configuration menus and startup sequences in easy-to-use pop-up menus. The new display will also be ideal for use with emerging digital battlefield management systems as it can present the full scope of information that will now be available to vehicle crews. To guarantee its quality and performance, the TACNAV UMD meets the same demanding military standards applied to KVH’s existing displays.

Unlike current KVH TACNAV systems, there will be no distinction between commander’s and driver’s displays. Instead, the “personality” of each TACNAV UMD can be configured either during final tests or after the display has been installed aboard the vehicle. As a result, maintenance and field replacements of the displays will be much easier as any TACNAV UMD can be configured to provide the specific data required by its user. The TACNAV UMD will be standard in all future TACNAV systems and will also be available as a replacement unit for TACNAV systems that have already been fielded.

“The TACNAV family of products has become the world’s most widely fielded GPS-aided military navigation system,” continued Burnett. “As TACNAV has gained acceptance in the international arena as the navigation system of choice, we felt that it was appropriate to offer a display that would make critical navigation data available in our customers’ native languages. This capability not only increases the value and versatility of our TACNAV system for non-English speaking customers but also reflects KVH’s respect for our customers’ wishes and cultures.”

KVH’s TACNAV systems have been fielded on more vehicle platforms than any other tactical navigation system in the world. The company’s current customers include the United States as well as many NATO and allied countries, including Canada, Sweden, Britain, Spain and Italy. In addition, KVH has recently received orders for TACNAV systems from a number of other countries, including one to equip Australia’s existing and future Light Armored Vehicle fleet.

KVH Industries, Inc., is a leading provider of tactical navigation systems for military vehicles and high-bandwidth communications products. Using its proprietary fiber optic technology, the company is developing next-generation systems with greater precision, durability, and versatility for communications, navigation, and OEM applications. Its headquarters are in Middletown, Rhode Island.

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