7/28/2004 - Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY), announced it has received an order for RACE++® multicomputer systems from the Research Establishment for Applied Science (FGAN) of Wachtberg, Germany, for use in the development and implementation 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 ground station. The SOSTAR system comprises a comprehensive ground surveillance and target identification (GSTI), swath and spotlight synthetic aperture radar (SAR), classification and data exploitation technologies.
FGAN almost exclusively conducts defense-related research. It currently operates three research institutes providing scientific and technical expertise for the German Ministry of Defense (MoD). FGAN carries out scientific research primarily in the following areas: sensors, electronics, communication, information technology and human factors research, with the objective of obtaining basic knowledge and developing novel techniques. It emphasizes the research and development of defense techniques, especially the improvement of the performance of present and future reconnaissance and command and control systems.
The Research Institute for High Frequency Physics and Radar Techniques (FGAN-FHR) gains experience in the field of radar by developing and operating experimental radar systems and is thus an important adviser of the German MoD and the German defense industry concerning future military radar projects. In the SOSTAR-X project, FGAN is responsible for the development and implementation of the classification modes inverse synthetic aperture radar (ISAR) and high range resolution (HRR) length measurement.
"FGAN selected Mercury as a supplier because the RACE++ technology possesses a unique scalability that enables performance values to be calculated based on experimental system results. Moreover, besides the hardware, most algorithms can be reused unchanged in a project upgrade," said Dr. L. Roessing, SOSTAR-X project manager at FGAN. "Years of cooperation between FGAN and Mercury have shown that Mercury is a reliable partner with excellent customer support based on its strong experience in the field of radar processing and its capability to provide optimized functions for customer-specific applications."
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. 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, 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. Visit Mercury on the web: www.mc.com.
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