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Microvision Awarded $1.2 Million Contract to Supply 165 Nomad Systems for the U.S. Army's 'Mounted Warrior' Soldier System

Microvision Awarded $1.2 Million Contract to Supply 165 Nomad Systems for the U.S. Army's 'Mounted Warrior' Soldier System

BOTHELL, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 5, 2005--Microvision (NASDAQ:MVIS - News), the leader in light scanning technologies for display and imaging, announced today that it has been awarded a $1.2 million subcontract by General Dynamics C4 Systems to supply 165 Nomad ND 2500 Systems as part of the initial phase of the U.S. Army's 'Mounted Warrior' soldier system. General Dynamics was recently awarded a prime contract by the U.S. Army to develop and equip combat vehicle crewmen with an advanced situational awareness capability including combat helmet and wireless voice communications.

The Nomad Systems provides an early capability for a 'Mounted Warrior' to see operational data and video on his or her helmet-mounted display when tethered to an armored combat vehicle. The Company expects to ship the units for operational feedback during the next several months in an initial integration into a Stryker battalion.

"The U.S. Army needs display solutions that provide mission critical information in demanding environments and rapidly changing situations," said Rick Rutkowski, Microvision CEO. "The Nomad Systems we expect to deliver will enable a crew member to see real-time data and video from multiple sources, a capability they currently do not have. We are excited to be under contract with General Dynamics C4 Systems, which leads the Mounted Warrior, Land Warrior and Air Warrior programs. Each of these programs is designed to provide significant improvements in soldier lethality, survivability, mobility and sustainability and we believe improved display solutions can be an integral part of these efforts."

Mounted Warrior is being developed and delivered using a spiral approach that enables faster deployment of capabilities. Spiral 1, designed for use in a Stryker combat vehicle, includes everything worn by the combat vehicle crewman such as advanced combat helmet; cordless voice communications; improved sun, wind and dust goggles; and a rechargeable battery that is powered through a connection to the vehicle power supply. Future spirals will be configured for use in a wide variety of Army vehicles and will enable integrated wireless voice, data and video communications.