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U.S. NAVY PURCHASES 445 TRIMBLE FLIGHTMATE GPS RECEIVERS

 SUNNYVALE, Calif., Oct. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Trimble Navigation (NASDAQ: TRMB) announced today that the U.S. Navy has purchased 445 of the company's Flightmate handheld navigation receivers. The procurement is a follow-on to the Navy's purchase of 650 Trimble Ensign handheld receivers in August of 1992. Navy pilots will carry the Trimble Flightmates with them when flying. Both purchases were made because the Navy wanted to improve search and rescue operations for downed pilots. Armed with GPS position and navigation information, downed pilots stand a greater chance of providing assistance to search teams.
 The Trimble Flighmate is a hand-held satellite-based aerial navigation device. It receives radio signals from the Global Positioning System (GPS), a constellation of navigation satellites developed by the U.S. Department of Defense. The Flightmate converts these radio signals into latitude, longitude, altitude, speed and time. The unit incorporates an LCD display, a built-in antenna, a sophisticated flight computer and an updatable worldwide aeronautical database. In addition to providing an almanac of airports and VORS, this user-definable database allows pilots to store up to 100 waypoint destinations, select a destination and Flightmate provides the bearing distance, speed, track, ETE and ETA, as well as any deviation from the flight course.
 Trimble Navigation is a world leader in the emerging commercial markets for satellite-based navigation, positioning, and communication data products. These products are sold in a variety of international vertical markets including land survey, seismic and hydrographic survey, GIS data capture, military, general aviation, commercial and military aviation, marine, communications, tracking and OEM. Founded in 1978 and located in Sunnyvale, Trimble has been a leader in commercial GPS since 1984.
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 /CONTACT: Doug Sherk or Ken Dennard, 415-296-7383, or David Walke or Miriam Adler, 212-850-5600, all of Morgen-Walke for Trimble; or Barbara Thomas of Trimble Navigation, 408-481-7808/
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