SOURCE: American Technology Corporation

January 20, 2010 08:30 ET

American Technology Receives $1.1 Million LRAD® Order From U.S. Special Operations Command

LRAD 100X® AND 300X® Systems Being Deployed Around the World

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - January 20, 2010) - American Technology Corporation (ATC) (NASDAQ: ATCO), the innovator and distributor of the Long Range Acoustic Device™ (LRAD®) product line, announced today it has received an order totaling approximately $1.1 million from the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM). The order, scheduled to ship this quarter, includes LRAD 100X® and 300X® systems that will be deployed in Afghanistan, Iraq and other areas of the world where SOCOM is engaged in contingency operations.

The LRAD 100X is a self-contained, portable acoustic hailing device (AHD) that outperforms conventional megaphones and other portable hailing systems. The 100X is 20-30dBs louder than top of the line megaphones and other portable systems of comparable size and power. Optimized driver and wave-guide design ensure clear voice communications so every syllable is understood even over background noise from vehicles, vessels, sirens and large crowds. This extraordinary acoustic performance comes in a rugged package that can be operated in all weather conditions. Interfaces include a standard microphone as well as rugged MP3 player designed for easy operation in demanding environments. The LRAD 100X is the world's best solution for portable on-scene and tactical communication.

The LRAD 300X is a compact, lightweight solution for mounting on small vessels, vehicles, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and unmanned surface vehicles (USVs). It can be easily transported to provide security personnel long-range communications and a highly effective hailing and warning system. The 300X produces nearly 100% intelligible voice transmission over 88dB of background noise beyond 350 meters and beyond 1500 meters in benign environments. LRAD 300X operators have the ability to broadcast authoritative multi-lingual voice commands followed with powerful deterrent tones to determine intent and influence behavior.

"LRAD's unique and powerful communications and deterrent capabilities are being increasingly required by military and security forces," commented Tom Brown, ATC's president and CEO. "We're also experiencing growing military interest in incorporating LRAD into UAV and USV applications."

About American Technology Corporation

American Technology Corporation is providing directed audio solutions that place clear, highly intelligible sound exactly where needed. ATC's Long Range Acoustic Device™ (LRAD®) and other directed sound technologies comprise the core of an expanding portfolio of products being used around the world in diverse applications including, global military deployments, maritime security, critical infrastructure and commercial security, border and port security, law enforcement and emergency responder communications, and wildlife preservation and control. For more information about ATC and its directed sound products, please visit the company's web site at

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