Mercury Computer to Enable Stand-Off Surveillance and Target Acquisition Radar

4/8/2003 - Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY), announced that is has received an order for RACE++® multicomputer systems from SOSTAR GmbH of Immenstaad, Germany for use in the development of the Stand-Off Surveillance and Target Acquisition Radar (SOSTAR-X) system. The SOSTAR-X system is a European radar development including a two-dimensional Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) antenna, operations and control, data link and groundstation. The SOSTAR system is a comprehensive ground surveillance and target tracking system that combines advanced radar technologies such as ground moving target identification (GMTI), swath and spotlight synthetic aperture radar (SAR), classification and data exploitation technologies.

SOSTAR-X is funded by five NATO Partners: Germany, Italy, France, The Netherlands and Spain. SOSTAR GmbH is a joint venture founded in February of 2001 between Dutch Space in the Netherlands, EADS-Dornier in Germany, FIAR in Italy, INDRA in Spain and Thales Airborne Systems in France. The cooperative effort was formed to execute the SOSTAR-X program, a demonstrator program to validate the SOSTAR solution and verify critical radar design issues. It is considered as the European contribution for a future NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) system.

Mercury Computer Systems was selected by SOSTAR GmbH as radar processor supplier due to its experience in large surveillance/reconnaissance programs and its support capability required to develop real time systems.

The current program requirement is for three RACE++ systems for use in SOSTAR-X development activities and an additional RACE++ system for use in the SOSTAR-X demonstration system. The program is valued at approximately $4 million (U.S.) to Mercury. Mercury will complete delivery of the RACE++ systems over the next year. Additional orders may be obtained as a result of a successful development and demonstration effort.

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’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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