Torrance, CA – March 31, 2009— NavCom Technology Inc a wholly-owned subsidiary of Deere & Company, and Airbus Defence and Space Services, part of Airbus Defence and Space have formed a strategic partnership to deliver precise positioning solutions throughout Europe.
Through this new alliance, Airbus Defence and Space will become the sole European supplier of NavCom’s GNSS product and positioning solutions, including the StarFire™ Network, NavCom’s global decimeter-accurate satellite-based augmentation system (GSBAS).
"By providing the stand-alone accuracy of the global StarFire™ Network along with precise positioning solutions, our new partnership with Airbus Defence and Space 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 Airbus Defence and Space as the leading supplier of precise positioning services in Europe. We look forward to integrating this exciting technology into both our AIRBUS Group products, for example UAVs, and our services such as cadastral surveying and precision mapping.” said Rudolf Henneberger, Director of Navigation in Airbus Defence and Space.
About Airbus Defence and Space
Airbus Defence and Space, a wholly owned subsidiary of AIRBUS Group, is dedicated to providing civil and defence space systems and services. In 2008, Airbus Defence and Space had a turnover of €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 Airbus Defence and Space for launchers and orbital infrastructure, Airbus Defence and Space for spacecraft and ground segment and Airbus Defence and Space for the development and delivery of satellite services.
AIRBUS Group is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2008, AIRBUS Group generated revenues of €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 www.NavComTech.com.
Jeremy Close (Airbus Defence and Space UK) Tel.: +44 (0)1 438 77 3872
Matthieu Duvelleroy (Airbus Defence and Space FR) Tel.: +33 (0) 1 77 75 80 32
Mathias Pikelj (Airbus Defence and Space GER) Tel.: +49 (0) 7545 8 9123
Francisco Lechón (Airbus Defence and Space SP) Tel.: +34 91 586 37 41
Cheryl Kung (NavCom Technology) Tel: +1 310 381 2852