EMS Technologies, Inc.

EMS Technologies, Inc.

June 13, 2005 09:00 ET

Army Airborne Battle Command Selects EMS Satcom Broadband for ...

Army Airborne Battle Command Selects EMS Satcom Broadband for Real-Time In-Flight Command and Control on EUH-60 Blackhawk Helicopters; Attention: Business/Financial Editor LE BOURGET, FRANCE--(CCNMatthews - June 13, 2005) - LE BOURGET, France, June 13, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) -- PARIS AIR SHOW -- EMS SATCOM (a division of EMS Technologies (Nasdaq:ELMG)) reported today that Atlas Telecom Services has been awarded a contract worth approximately $2.5 million to supply the company's eNfusion line of Broadband Satcom systems to the U.S. Army in support of Airborne Battle Command operations.

The U.S. Army Program Manager's Office for Tactical Operation Centers/Air and Missile Defense, Command and Control Systems (PMO-TOCs/AMDCCS) has tested and selected the division's eNfusion line of equipment to provide real-time satellite-based communications in its EUH-60 Blackhawk Helicopters in a contract worth approximately $2.5 million. The Army Airborne Command and Control System (A2C2S), hosted in these helicopters, requires broadband communications for command and control of operations both on the ground and in the air.

"New command and control operational requirements dictate the need for bandwidth that the older Army infrastructures cannot support," said Sean Gannon, an Avionics Engineer at SAIC (Science Application International Corporation). "EMS SATCOM's Inmarsat-based terminal provides sufficient bandwidth to securely carry multiple voice, video or data channels simultaneously - a key capability for effective command and control."

In addition to the demand for real-time data, an important consideration was mitigating risk to air crew and other personnel, while also achieving the required performance. The options for placement of such equipment on a helicopter are limited. Attaching the system to the frame of the aircraft can cause signal blockage and placement of the equipment in the cabin can expose crew and passengers to possible radiation hazards. The AMT-50 mechanically steered antenna addressed those concerns. Small and light enough to be mounted on the engine door, away from the cabin, it provides reliable signal strength virtually anywhere in the world, even during the most difficult flying maneuvers.

"We are very pleased to be working with the U.S. Army's Aviation Applied Technology Directorate (AATD)," said Stephen Newell, director of Government sales for EMS SATCOM. "The system that's been put together is rugged, yet light and easy to install, and well-suited to the requirements of A2C2S."

Based at Fort Eustis, Virginia, AATD's Rapid Prototyping Division was tasked to develop and integrate a system to meet PM-TOCs/AMDCCS requirements for high bandwidth satellite communication's capability. The EUH-60 Blackhawk helicopters were outfitted with EMS SATCOM's eNfusion HSD-128 high-speed data terminal, AMT-50 antenna, and an off-the-shelf, but custom-mounted radome. Working with AATD, SAIC provided subject matter expertise in the areas of radio frequency (RF) communications and electrical engineering. The majority of Inmarsat equipment was purchased through Atlas Telecom Services, who have also provided Inmarsat functionality expertise, electrical engineering and system testing support.

"In our experience, our equipment is reliable and rugged, and performs under the uncompromising conditions of the battlefield," said Senior Vice President and General Manager Dr. Neil Mackay. "This is a transformational communication solution for the U.S. Army and its selection of our technology hallmarks the importance of combining commercial and military Satcom components to meet the operational needs of the military."

"We are pleased to have been able to work with the GSA Federal Technology Services (FTS) office to make the eNfusion product line available to U.S. Government Agencies via a convenient Small Business contracting vehicle" said Craig Poyner, Vice President for Atlas's Airborne Division.

About Atlas Telecom Services

Atlas Telecom Services specializes in the supply and installation of secure high-speed satellite communications systems on U.S. and International Government aircraft. In addition to performing on-site installation, Atlas provides comprehensive training packages that are tailored to specific aircraft configurations.

Atlas develops, integrates and distributes its solutions from its headquarters in Reston, VA. In addition to being home to the Atlas systems integration and test lab, the Reston facility has fully equipped classrooms to accommodate operational and maintenance training on a wide range of satellite systems.

In addition to being a certified Small Business, Atlas makes all of its products and services available to the U.S. Government via a GSA Contract Number GS00T00NSD0005.

About AATD (Aviation Applied Technology Directorate)

AATD, located at Fort Eustis, Virginia, is a directorate of the Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC), under the newly formed Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM). AATD's primary mission is to develop, demonstrate and transition critical technologies through application and integration efforts on fielded, developmental and future air mobile platforms.

About SAIC (Science Application International Corporation)

SAIC is the largest employee-owned research and engineering company in the United States, providing information technology, systems integration and eSolutions to commercial and government customers. From science to solutions, SAIC engineers and scientists work to solve complex technical problems in national and homeland security, energy, the environment, space, telecommunications, health care and logistics. More information about SAIC can be found at www.saic.com.

About EMS Technologies, Inc.

EMS Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:ELMG) is a leading innovator in the design and manufacture of wireless, satellite and defense solutions, and focuses its unique range of advanced technologies on the needs of broadband and mobile information users. The Company is headquartered in Atlanta, has almost 1,800 workers worldwide, and operates manufacturing facilities in Atlanta, Montreal, Ottawa and Brazil.

The SATCOM Division of EMS Technologies, based in Ottawa, Canada, specializes in the design and development of satellite-based terminals and antennas for the aeronautical, land mobile, maritime and emergency management markets. The Division is a leader in developing and supplying high-speed data communications equipment for delivering e-mail and Internet capabilities to aircraft cabins.

For more information, visit the Company's website at www.emssatcom.com

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