Norsat International Inc.
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Norsat International Inc.

October 18, 2005 16:48 ET

Norsat Teams with Arrowhead to Deliver Backpack Satellite System: Ultra Portable Unit Delivers 4 Mbps Capacity in the Field

ATLANTIC CITY, NEW JERSEY--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 18, 2005) - Arrowhead Global Solutions, (Arrowhead) and Norsat International Inc. (TSX:NII)(OTCBB:NSATF) today announced that they have joined together to deliver the revolutionary GLOBETrekker backpackable broadband satellite system. Under this teaming arrangement, Arrowhead will market the Norsat GLOBETrekker and provide the first line of customer support to certain U.S. military forces in the field. The announcement was made at MILCOM 2005 - the premier international conference for military communications.

Norsat's GLOBETrekker is an ultra-portable satellite system that enables users to establish reliable broadband connections on short notice anywhere in the world and under the harshest conditions. Designed to be carried in a backpack, GLOBETrekker can be transported by airplane and helicopter. It can even be worn by paratroopers in full parachute gear.

"GLOBETrekker is highly significant in three areas -- portability, intelligence and durability," said William Coyne III, President and CEO of Norsat. "Users no longer need to lug transit cases to move from place to place. Secondly, the GLOBETrekker has a sophisticated sensor-driven system that automatically monitors and adjusts for environmental operating conditions. Thirdly, the unit's rugged features enable it to operate in the most arduous environments."

The ergonomically designed backpack and overall "quick-connect" design enables users to transport, assemble, operate and disassemble the unit quickly and discreetly. The GLOBETrekker is particularly well-suited for military "grab-and-go" applications and in-the-field situations.

As a leading provider of commercial satellite products, bandwidth and services for the United States Department of Defense worldwide, Arrowhead Global Solutions is constantly engaged in efforts to find the "best in class" technologies that can be used to support the country's warfighters.

"This unit represents a leap forward in the design of satellite terminals," said Dr. Abdul Rana, Ph.D., Arrowhead's Vice President of Technology and a pioneer in the development of VSAT technology. He added, "As an integrator of leading edge satellite technologies on behalf of the United States Department of Defense, we see the GLOBETrekker as an ideal terminal that meets or exceeds all of our customers' requirements."

The GLOBETrekker supports data transmission rates of up to four megabits per second. It is a highly integrated system, which includes a 1m carbon fiber antenna, RF electronics, motorized azimuth/elevation superstructure, motorized feed assembly, built-in inclinometer, compass, GPS, and a baseband unit with a modem, spectrum analyzer, DVB-S receiver, Ethernet switch, DC-DC converter and a shock-protected chassis.

About Norsat International Inc.

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 and has now sold over 2.5 million products in 87 countries around the world. 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. Norsat's sectors of concentration include Health Care, Military, Emergency Services and Media. Additional information is available at www.norsat.com.

About Arrowhead Global Solutions

Headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia, Arrowhead Global Solutions is a leading provider of satellite and terrestrial telecommunications, professional services, server-based communication networks, and integrated information technology solutions. Known for quality work, integrity, excellence and accountability, Arrowhead's guiding mission is to be, "On Target with Quality Solutions."

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