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The Navigation Gift To Hook Mariners, Magellan Meridian Color GPS Mariner Value Pack

Thales Navigation Conveniently Bundles Everything the Mariner Needs to Get There and Back

Santa Clara, CA   (November 26, 2003) Thales Navigation announces the availability of the Magellan® Meridian® Color GPS Mariner product bundle for the complete marine navigation solution in a pocket-sized, top-of-the-line handheld. Customers get the ultimate Meridian Color GPS receiver, the first to present all your positioning and navigational information in full color, plus the highly detailed Magellan MapSend® BlueNavTM marine cartography software for North America. The package also includes a 32 MB Secure Digital (SD) memory card, swivel mounting bracket, PC data cable with cigarette lighter adapter, and two AA batteries for up to 13 hours of continuous use.

Magellan MapSend BlueNav software includes 83 local North America navigational charts, offering a complete range of detailed marine cartography, providing large, highly detailed coverage areas and enhanced marine navigation information, including marine currents, tides, port services and much more.

The Meridian Color features a 120 x 160 pixel, 16-color backlit display and a backlit keypad for easy viewing and operation, day or night, in your boat, vehicle or RV. An optional external antenna provides boaters and recreational vehicle owners with a more reliable navigation solution for safer travel. Accurate to within 3 meters, the 12-channel Meridian Color receiver contains a built-in 16 MB map database of highways, major roads, parks, waterways, airports, cities and marine navigation aids, such as fixed and floating buoys, obstructions, wrecks, lighthouses and marinas. Weighing only 8-ounces with a waterproof, slip-resistant housing that floats, the Meridian Color offers an expandable memory using industry-standard Secure Digital (SD) memory cards for downloading not only marine charts, but topography and street detail as well.

About Thales Navigation
Thales Navigation is one of the world's leading developers and manufacturers of positioning, navigation and guidance equipment with global operations. Thales Navigation markets its Magellan brand GPS solutions in the consumer electronics, recreation, and automotive markets, and its GPS and GNSS professional products in the survey, GIS/Mapping, 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 world leader in professional electronics in three key markets: Aerospace, Defense and Information Technology & Services (IT&S). The Group employs 60,000 people in nearly 50 countries worldwide, and generated revenues of over $11 billion in 2002. For more information, visit

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Magellan, Meridian, MapSend and BlueNav are trademarks of Thales Navigation Inc. Hertz NeverLost is a registered trademark of Hertz System, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.