Mercury Computer Systems to Help U.S. Military Evaluate and Establish Joint Tactical Radio Systems Software Communications Architecture

7/17/2002 - Mercury Computer Systems (NASDAQ: MRCY) announced today it was selected in the quarter ended June 30, 2002 by the U.S. military’s Joint Tactical Radio Systems (JTRS) Joint Program Office (JPO) to consult on the development of the JTRS Program. Mercury will help:

The value of the consulting project is more than $1 million over a three-year period that began in spring, 2002. The goal of the JTRS Program is to develop software-defined radio with a common SCA that provides the military with a family of affordable, tactical radios that enable military users to adapt to interoperability requirements and download waveforms that enable communications with coalition partners. The inability of different branches to communicate with each other because of differing radio protocols and waveforms is a problem currently experienced by military forces in all nations.

The U.S. government has mandated that the SCA framework be used in new JTRS communications devices being integrated into existing platforms. The SCA could eventually be used for radios used by coalition forces throughout the world, facilitating communication during joint operations. "The JTRS Program is among the most sophisticated, aggressive and visionary efforts undertaken by the JPO to enhance the battlefield capabilities of the U.S. military," said Craig Lund, vice president and chief technology officer of Mercury Computer Systems. "Mercury has a successful record of providing each branch of the military with high-performance multi-computing solutions and we look forward to continuing this tradition by working with the military on this architecture."

The JTRS Program will help define the technology that the military will use to communicate by radio in battle situations. The increased speed and power of embedded signal processing applications is one of the factors that make the JTRS Program possible.

Additional information about software radio is available on Mercury’s website at

About Mercury Computer Systems, Inc.
Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY) is the leading producer of high-performance embedded, real-time digital signal and image processing computer systems. Mercury’s products play a critical role in a wide range of applications, transforming sensor data to information for analysis and interpretation. In military reconnaissance and surveillance platforms the company’s systems process real-time radar, sonar, and signals intelligence data. Mercury is developing commercial wireless communications solutions in areas such as WCDMA multi-user detection and smart antennas. Mercury’s systems are also used in state-of-the-art medical diagnostic imaging devices including MRI, CT, PET, and digital X-ray, and in semiconductor imaging applications including photomask generation and wafer inspection.

Based in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, Mercury serves customers in North America, Europe, and Asia through its direct sales force and a network of subsidiaries and distributors.

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