SOURCE: American Technology Corporation

April 20, 2009 14:12 ET

LRAD® in the News

Media Covers ATC's Long Range Acoustic Device™ Use in the Fight Against Maritime Piracy; LRAD Featured on April 17th Episode of ABC News Program, "20/20"

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - April 20, 2009) - American Technology Corporation (ATC) (NASDAQ: ATCO), a leading innovator of directed sound products and technologies, today highlighted recent media coverage of its proprietary LRAD® (Long Range Acoustic Device™), including being featured on the April 17th episode of the ABC News program, "20/20." (Please view the first three minutes of, "Pirate Attacks: Negotiate or Shoot?", at the following link:

LRAD was also profiled on ABC Network's San Diego affiliate, KGTV, on April 10th. (Please view the following link:

Also on April 17th, National Public Radio (NPR) broadcast a Technology story, featuring LRAD titled, "Take That! High-Tech Ways to Fight Off Pirates" (Please view/listen at the following link:

Additionally, on April 17th, HS covered LRAD extensively in their Modern Piracy section. (Please view the following link:

Per the HS article, LRAD is a critical part of a layered defense strategy. It is highly effective in giving sailors time to determine the intent of unidentified vessels that do not respond to radio calls. Vessels at up to 2,000 meters away can be hailed and warned using LRAD's highly intelligible, powerful directed sound, multiple language capability, guaranteeing that warning messages are clearly heard and understood. If pirates continue their approach, LRAD's debilitating warning tones have proven successful in fending off attackers on multiple occasions, including three years ago when the Seabourn Spirit was attacked off the coast of Somalia, and earlier this month when an Asian security force deployed LRAD to successfully thwart a pirate attack on a Singaporean tanker in those same waters.

When an LRAD-equipped ship hails and warns pirates at distance, in many cases, the pirates presume that a warning has been sent to coalition forces in the area. By deploying LRAD, sailors signal to the pirates that they have lost the element of surprise and that the crew is prepared to make it as difficult as possible for the pirates to get on board. If armed sentries are aboard, it is critical that they determine intent before opening fire on an unidentified approaching boat.

"Preventing piracy requires a vigilant crew and a layered and diverse defense strategy," said Tom Brown, president and CEO of American Technology. "We believe LRAD is an essential part of the maritime piracy solution."

About American Technology Corporation

American Technology Corporation is Shaping the Future of Sound® by providing directed audio solutions that place clear, highly intelligible sound exactly where needed. ATC's Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD®), HyperSonic® Sound, and SoundSaber® product lines make up the core of an expanding portfolio of directed sound products and technologies. For more information about ATC and its directed sound solutions please visit the company's web site at

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