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New Magellan SporTrak PRO Marine Expands Thales Navigation Marine GPS Lineup

Santa Clara, Calif.   (February 13, 2003) Thales (TAL-less) Navigation, a leading global provider of GPS solutions, including the Magellan® brand of consumer products and Thales Navigation professional GPS solutions, has expanded its popular Magellan SporTrakTM handheld GPS series - and filled out its innovative line of marine GPS solutions -- with a new product designed specifically for the needs of the mariner. The Magellan SporTrak Pro Marine, introduced today at the Miami Boat Show, joins the popular Magellan Meridian® Marine, and recently introduced panel-mount chart plotters, the Magellan FX324 MAPTM and FX324 MAP Color to offer a choice of complementary marine GPS solutions. Together with the ground-breaking full-color displays of the Magellan Meridian Color and Magellan SporTrak Color, Thales Navigation provides mariners with the best in handheld and panel-mount GPS. The Magellan SporTrak Pro Marine will be available through marine retailers this spring, just in time for the boating season.

It's one thing to call a handheld GPS "marine" - it's another to deliver the features that make it so. Magellan SporTrak Pro Marine is packed with serious marine navigation data and is built to withstand the harsh marine environment, making it an ideal choice for open and freshwater boats, or as a backup navigator for larger vessels. Lightweight, with a large, high-resolution display, the Magellan SporTrak Pro Marine features a rubber-armored, waterproof case and will float if dropped overboard. A particular advantage for mariners is the ability to download and access detailed marine charts from the optional MapSend® BlueNavTM Charts, featuring Navionics® Gold-based charts.

Magellan SporTrak Pro Marine comes with 32MB of built-in memory, including a worldwide 15MB mapping database from Navionics, complete with waterways, navigation aids, buoys, beacons, lights, fog signals, radio/radar stations and highly detailed coastline data. In addition, the Magellan SporTrak Pro Marine boasts 17MB of available memory for downloading enhanced marine data, cartography and additional geographic regions using Magellan MapSend software. Magellan SporTrak Pro Marine also provides operators with tide and current data with graphs showing high and low tides at major seaports - vital information when cruising unfamiliar waters or harbors. The built-in database also includes nationwide highways, interstates, major roads, parks and airports - making Magellan SporTrak Pro Marine as valuable on land as it is on the water.

Magellan SporTrak Pro Marine is built to perform, starting with its WAAS/EGNOS-enabled, 12-channel GPS receiver and quadrifilar helix antenna, which provide three-meter accuracy and fast, reliable position fixes. Important navigation data, such as range/bearing to a waypoint, speed, time to go, cross track error, best fish and game calculator, and more, is right at your fingertips.

Thales Navigation offers a range of accessories including a swivel-mounting bracket, vehicle-mounting bracket, bike mounting bracket, canvas carrying case and data and power cables, and a cigarette lighter adapter.

About Thales Navigation
Thales Navigation is one of the world's leading developers and manufacturers of positioning, navigation, communication, and guidance equipment with global operations. Thales Navigation markets its Magellan brand GPS products in the consumer electronics, recreation, and automotive markets, and its Thales Navigation GPS and GNSS professional solutions in the survey, GIS/Mapping, tracking, and OEM markets. Through its joint venture with Hertz, Thales Navigation has developed the Hertz NeverLost® vehicle navigation system. Thales Navigation's key innovations include the first U.S. commercial hand-held GPS receiver for positioning and navigation, and the first handheld GPS with industry standard Secure Digital Memory Card capabilities.

Thales Navigation, headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., with European headquarters in Carquefou, France, is a subsidiary of Thales, a leading professional electronics company headquartered in Paris, France, with activities in aerospace, defense and information technology and services. For more information, visit

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Magellan, Meridian, MapSend, SporTrak, FX324 MAP and BlueNav are trademarks of Thales Navigation Inc.
NeverLost is a registered trademark of Hertz Corporation.
Navionics is a registered trademark of Navionics S.p.A.

Angela Linsey-Jackson
Thales Navigation
(909) 394-5062

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