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KVH Receives Order for TACNAV Tactical Navigation Systems

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April 18, 2011

KVH Receives Order for TACNAV Tactical Navigation Systems

By Raju Shanbhag, TMCnet Contributor

The TLS tactical navigation system (TACNAV) from KVH (News - Alert) has received an order valued at more than $3.7 million by an international customer.

The TACNAV includes a compact design, continuous heading and pointing data output, and a flexible architecture that allows it to function as either a standalone navigation module or as the heart of an expanded, multifunctional TACNAV system.

Offering a range of capabilities including target location, GPS backup and enhancement, vehicle position and steer-to/cross-track error displays, TACNAV TLS is an easy-to-integrate tactical navigation system.

TACNAV TLS provides force commanders with continuous data to improve operational awareness, when linked to battle management systems, the company stated in a press release.

“KVH's TACNAV TLS navigation system equips military vehicles with a versatile battle management, tactical navigation, and targeting solution," explains Dan Conway, KVH's vice president of business development. "This affordable system is a vital tool for the coordination of vehicles on today's digital battlefield, and is designed for use on an array of military vehicles, including cavalry, reconnaissance, armored personnel carriers, and light armored vehicles. TACNAV systems are crucial to keeping warfighters safe.”

Currently, TACNAV systems are in use for U.S. and allied vehicles participating in ongoing operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, and in other parts of the world. Military forces fielding TACNAV include the U.S. Army and Marine Corps, as well as many allied customers, which include Canada, Sweden, Great Britain, Germany, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Malaysia, Switzerland, and Italy. To upgrade existing light armored vehicles already in the field, these TACNAV systems will be used. Shipment of this order is expected to take place in the second quarter of 2011.

In October 2010, the company was selected by the U.S. Coast Guard to supply the next-generation satellite communications solution for its small cutter fleet. The winner of a full and open competitive procurement process, KVH Industries’ TracPhone V7 satellite communication system and the mini-VSAT Broadband service become the U.S. Coast Guard's Small Cutter Connectivity (SCC) Ku Band System and Air Time Support Services solution, the company stated.

Raju Shanbhag is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Raju’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Stefanie Mosca

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