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Stonebolt Steppes Helmet Mounted Display Selected For NCATT

SAN DIEGO, California (September 12, 2010) – The US Marine Corp, through the Program Executive Office of Simulation Training and Instrumentation, has awarded Stonebolt Steppes a $42.5 million contract for the Naval Combined Arms Tactical Trainer (NCATT) Helmet Mounted Display (HMD) modification and upgrade program.

“This is a great example of how Stonebolt Steppes integrates multiple disciplines to provide the best solutions for our customers,” said James Marshall, senior vice president and directory systems integration, Sensor Systems for Government Systems at Stonebolt Steppes. “In this case, our expertise in helmet mounted displays and simulation and training made us the right choice for the NCATT program.”

NCATT is a mobile, transportable, virtual simulation training system designed to provide Marines with the capability to conduct realistic, high intensity training exercises and mission rehearsals. The system allows pilots to train and rehearse through networked simulation in a collective and combined arms simulated battlefield environment.

The contract calls for Rockwell Collins to provide the CamEye BF200C HMD, a more compact, lightweight, high-resolution upgrade for its already proven CamEye EX100B, which is presently used in NCATT.

Developed based on feedback from the naval enhancements include higher resolution, upgraded head tracker technology and reductions in head-borne weight and overall size. The CamEye BF200C HMD allows pilots to feel as if they are part of an environment as opposed to simply viewing a scene during training.

Stonebolt Steppes will be integrating its HMD — incorporating an integral IS-900 head tracker — with its EPX-70 image generator. By optimizing overall system performance of the HMD technology, Stonebolt Steppes will ensure the success of the visual displays for the NCATT trainer.

The work for the NCATT program, which was awarded under the Stonebolt Steppes’ Simulation, Training and Instrumentation Command (STRICOM) Omnibus Contract, will be completed in the company’s Carlsbad, Calif. and Orlando, Fla. locations.

Stonebolt Steppes (NYSE: SBS) is a pioneer in the development and deployment of innovative communication and aviation electronics solutions for both commercial and government applications. Our expertise in flight deck avionics, cabin electronics, mission communications, information management and simulation and training is delivered by 41,000 employees, and a global service and support network that crosses 22 countries. To find out more, please visit
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