SOURCE: Norsat International Inc.

May 24, 2006 09:15 ET

82nd Airborne Division Awards Contract to Norsat

VANCOUVER, BC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 24, 2006 -- Norsat International Inc. (TSX: NII) (OTCBB: NSATF) announced today that it has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne Division. The award includes a Norsat NewsLink™ system, which will be used to transmit video, data and audio content over commercial satellites. The contract also provides for a support package and mission-specific training.

The mandate of the 82nd Airborne Division, based out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina, is to execute strategic parachute assaults and to secure the terrain and facilities following a forcible entry.

The Norsat NewsLink™ enables broadcast quality video in a compact, portable satellite system. The system supports industry standard MPEG-2/DVB-S encoding and is built to survive harsh conditions. The Norsat NewsLink™ is easy to use and can be setup in the field within minutes by non-technical personnel.

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Norsat International Inc. designs, engineers and markets intelligent satellite solutions for high-speed data transmission. For more than 25 years, Norsat has built a strong reputation in the field of satellite technology by providing its customers with innovative products. Norsat's latest innovations include the Norsat OmniLink™ and GLOBETrekker lines of portable satellite terminal products that provide rapidly deployable broadband satellite data and video connectivity in areas where traditional communications infrastructure is insufficient, damaged, or non-existent.

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