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NavCom Technology, Inc. Partners with Astrium Services.

* Precise positioning solutions for Europe

* Decimeter accuracy using StarFire[TM] for Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS)

TORRANCE, Calif. -- NavCom Technology, Inc. a wholly-owned subsidiary of Deere & Company, and Astrium Services, part of Astrium have formed a strategic partnership to deliver precise positioning solutions throughout Europe.

Through this new alliance, Astrium Services will become the sole European supplier of NavCom's GNSS product and positioning solutions, including the StarFire[TM] Network, NavCom's global decimeter-accurate satellite-based augmentation system (GSBAS).

"By providing the stand-alone accuracy of the global StarFire[TM] Network along with precise positioning solutions, our new partnership with Astrium Services has the potential to bring GSBAS to new and important market sectors including defense, civil security and aerospace," said Michael Lindsay, Chief Operating Officer for NavCom Technology. "This partnership is an exciting milestone as we offer Europe's premier space technology firm the same precise positioning technology that has made John Deere a world leader in precision agriculture by enabling increased machine productivity and a reduction in the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides."

"This agreement perfectly complements our existing Axio-Net Network-RTK services covering Germany which can provide accuracy to within 2cm, and firmly positions Astrium Services as the leading supplier of precise positioning services in Europe. We look forward to integrating this exciting technology into both our EADS products, for example UAVs, and our services such as cadastral surveying and precision mapping," said Rudolf Henneberger, Director of Navigation in Astrium Services.

About EADS Astrium

Astrium, a wholly owned subsidiary of EADS, is dedicated to providing civil and defence space systems and services. In 2008, Astrium had a turnover of [euro]4.3 billion and more than 13,000 employees in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain and the Netherlands. Its three main areas of activity are Astrium Space Transportation for launchers and orbital infrastructure, Astrium Satellites for spacecraft and ground segment and Astrium Services for the development and delivery of satellite services.

EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2008, EADS generated revenues of [euro]43.3 billion and employed a workforce of more than 118,000.

About NavCom Technology, Inc.

NavCom Technology, Inc., a John Deere Company (NYSE:DE), is a leading provider of advanced GPS products for OEMs, VARs and system integrators requiring high performance RTK systems, global decimeter level GPS satellite corrections, geodetic quality GPS receivers, wireless communication products and engineering consulting in the areas of precise positioning, wireless communications and robotics.. For more information on NavCom Technology, Inc. and its products, please visit

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