Mercury Computer Aids Reconnaissance Airborne Pod for Tornado Program

3/7/2003 - Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY), announced its participation in the U.K. Ministry of Defence Reconnaissance Airborne Pod for TORnado (RAPTOR) program, an aerial and ground-based real-time tactical reconnaissance system that has just achieved Initial Operating Capability with the Royal Air Force.

The RAPTOR program is a low- to high-altitude daytime and nighttime tactical reconnaissance system that consists of a self-contained pod that rests under the belly of an aircraft to gather visual images and infrared data. The data is either stored on the plane or transmitted to a Data Link Ground Station for advanced analysis. Mercury RACE SeriesTM systems are used in both the aerial pod gathering the data and in the ground stations providing high-performance I/O and STANAG 7023 data preprocessing.

Mercury’s RACE Series systems are used by Goodrich Corporation’s (NYSE: GR) Optical and Space Systems Division (OSSD) in the aerial pods. Headquartered in Danbury, CT, Goodrich OSSD designs and builds high-performance custom-engineered electronics, optics and electro-optical products and services for sophisticated defense, scientific, and commercial applications.

Mercury supplies RACE Series systems to U.K.-based QinetiQ Ltd for use in the ground stations. QinetiQ is Europe’s largest science and technology solutions provider and was formed from the major part of the British Government’s Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA), to extend its expertise into developing and marketing defence related technological research, and solutions within the private sector.

Additional information about the RAPTOR program is available at: Additional information about Mercury’s RACE Series VME-based systems is available 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 communications solutions for 3G wireless signal and packet processing applications. 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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