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Trimble Awarded Development Contract from Raytheon
NASHVILLE, Tenn., May 13, 2002 - Trimble (Nasdaq: TRMB) announced today that it has been awarded a $2.1 million military development contract to supply Global Positioning System (GPS) technology for Raytheon Company's (NYSE:RTN) Miniature Airborne GPS Receiver (MAGR) 2000 GRAM SAASM (M2KGS) Program.
The announcement was made at the Army Aviation Association of American Conference.
Under the contract, Trimble will incorporate its Selective Availability Anti-Spoofing Module (SAASM) technology in the ForceTM 5 GPS Receiver Application Module (GRAM-S) for use in Raytheon's MAGR 2000.
Trimble's Force 5 GRAM-S is an embedded, dual-frequency GPS receiver module with Precise Positioning Service (PPS) capability. Designed in compliance with the NAVSTAR GPS Joint Program Office (GPS JPO) GRAM guidelines, the Force 5 provides unequaled performance for airborne and high dynamics applications. Raytheon's MAGR 2000, utilizing the Force 5, has been selected for use in a variety of U.S. and Allied military aircraft including the MH-53E Sea Dragon, F-16 Fighting Falcon, F/A-18 Hornet, AV-8B Harrier, ASTOR and E-2C Hawkeye.
SAASM is the architecture selected by the Joint Chiefs of Staff, which implements the next generation security functions for all GPS PPS military users. The use of SAASM significantly enhances and ensures the U.S. and Allied military user the ability to obtain precise GPS position, velocity, time, and other GPS sensor information in all types of environments. Trimble's SAASM technology was granted GPS JPO security approval on May 1, 2000.
Like the current Force 5, the SAASM-equipped GRAM-S will provide the features necessary for Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operation including all-in-view tracking, Fault Detection and Exclusion (FDE) and step detector in accordance with RTCA/DO-229, predictive FDE in accordance with FAA Notice 8110.60, and European B-RNAV aircraft operations. When operated in the PPS mode, it will also provide Navigation Warfare (NAVWAR) features including Anti-Spoofing and high Anti-Jamming protection including integration with Controlled Reception Pattern Antennas.
"The purpose of the MAGR 2000 GRAM SAASM Program is to protect the availability and integrity of airborne GPS navigation through increased security for the U.S. Military and its Allies operating within the NAVWAR environment," said Ken Spratlin, senior director of Trimble's Military and Advanced Systems Division. "By incorporating Trimble's approved SAASM Model 21, the MAGR 2000 will be enhanced with a proven security architecture that is currently in production for other Trimble military products."
"Trimble, the supplier of the GRAM for the MAGR 2000, was judged to have the superior combination of management, technical, and manufacturing skills to produce the GRAM SAASM module for the M2KGS program," said Eugene Antonier the Raytheon MAGR 2000 GRAM SAASM program manager.
With headquarters in Lexington, Mass., Raytheon Company is a global technology leader in defense, government and commercial electronics, and business and special mission aircraft.
The M2KGS program is the responsibility of Raytheon Electronic Systems (RES) headquartered in El Segundo, CA. Within RES, the program is being managed by Precision Guidance Systems (PGS), a business area of Raytheon's Air Combat and Strike Systems business unit. PGS is a leading developer of military GPS integrated navigation systems for avionics and weapons, airborne multimode receivers, GPS receivers, and anti-jam technology solutions.
Air Combat and Strike Systems has 4,900 employees who design, manufacture and integrate systems for electronic warfare, radar, precision guidance, electro-optical and processors.
For more information, visit: www.raytheon.com.
Trimble is a leading innovator of Global Positioning System (GPS) technology. In addition to providing advanced GPS components, Trimble augments GPS with other positioning technologies as well as wireless communications and software to create complete customer solutions. Trimble's worldwide presence and unique capabilities position the Company for growth in emerging applications including surveying, automobile navigation, machine guidance, asset tracking, wireless platforms, and telecommunications infrastructure. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., Trimble has more than 2,000 employees in more than 20 countries worldwide.
Certain statements made in this press release are forward looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ from those set forth in this press release due to certain risks and uncertainties, including the ability to successfully complete the product development under the contract. In addition, customer acceptance and military requirements may have an adverse effect on the anticipated sales of the product. These and other risks are detailed from time to time in reports filed with the SEC, including Trimble and Raytheon Company's respective quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and its annual report on Form 10-K.
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