5/21/2004 - Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY) announced that Lockheed Martin Maritime Systems & Sensors (MS2) division in Syracuse selected RACE++® rugged, conduction-cooled multicomputer systems for Lockheed Martinís Portable Search and Target Acquisition Radar-Extended Range (PSTAR-ER) program. PSTAR-ER is a lightweight, man-portable air defense radar suited for deployment in battlefield or other harsh environments and provides alerting and cueing for associated air defense weapon systems in support of ground troop offensive or defensive missions. Mercuryís commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) conduction-cooled multicomputers provide the added processing required to extend the radar systemís detection range from 20 KM to 30 KM. The initial Mercury order is valued at approximately $1.4 million.
"We are pleased to provide the signal processing technology for the PSTAR-ER program and to work with Lockheed Martin on this important project," said Jay Bertelli, president and chief executive officer, Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. "By using commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) technology and engineering it for reliable, accurate performance in rugged environments, Mercury is able to provide cost-effective high-performance systems to its customers. The computing power of RACE++ conduction-cooled systems will increase the range and performance of the PSTAR-ER."
The PSTAR-ER system is an upgrade to Lockheed Martinís existing PSTAR radar, which was originally developed for the U.S. Army (AN/PPQ-2) and is currently deployed in five countries. The radar system is designed specifically for a wide range of environments and for detection capability against both fixed and rotary-wing targets, while operating effectively in an electronic jamming environment.
"Incorporating Mercuryís COTS technology into the PSTAR-ER enables much greater processing while fitting into the same small package," said Paul Garvey, PSTAR Product Line Manager, Lockheed Martin Maritime Systems & Sensors (MS2) Ė Syracuse. "The open-system architecture allows the use of other complementary COTS products currently on the market as well."
Mercury and Lockheed Martin have collaborated on programs such as the F-35, shipboard tactical imagery program for the U.S. Navy, and advanced intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) programs for the U.S. Army and other military branches.
About Mercury Computer Systems, Inc.
About Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY) is the leading supplier of high-performance embedded, real-time digital signal and image processing computer systems. Mercuryís 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 companyís systems process real-time radar, sonar, and signals intelligence data. Mercuryís systems are also used in state-of-the-art medical diagnostic imaging devices including MRI, 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. www.mc.com.
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