Markland wins Army surveillance contract

RIDGEFIELD, Conn., 4 May 2005. Markland Technologies, Inc. announced today that its subsidiary EOIR Technologies, Inc. has been awarded two new contracts, with a combined potential value of $36 million.

May 5th, 2005

RIDGEFIELD, Conn., 4 May 2005. Markland Technologies, Inc. announced today that its subsidiary EOIR Technologies, Inc. has been awarded two new contracts, with a combined potential value of $36 million.

One is a contract awarded by the U.S. Army Night Vision and Electronics Sensor Directorate (NVESD) for prototype surveillance and force protection technology. This contract is worth a potential $25 million.

The other contract was awarded by the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) to provide system design, engineering support, and systems integration for a new land-based vehicle to be used by the U.S. Marines. This contract has a potential value of $11 million.

The Army's NVESD research and development group is one of the U.S. military's most advanced technological leaders. Markland is working on a range of next-generation technology solutions for the NVESD, including night vision and advanced sensor applications, disposable sensors, and other threat-detection systems.

Many of the products and services being delivered on this contract use next-generation electro-optic and infrared sensor technologies that are being used in direct support of military combat operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere. The Army's NVESD has been responsible for numerous key innovations in the fields of optical electronics and thermal imaging for weapons targeting, electronic surveillance and other mission-critical military applications.

NSWCDD provides extensive support to the Navy in areas including: research and, development, test and evaluation, fleet support activities for surface warfare, combat systems, ordnance, strategic systems, amphibious warfare, mines and mine countermeasures. The division conducts analysis, systems engineering, research, test, evaluation, and integration of important naval and joint warfare systems.

"We look forward to the beginning of a long and successful relationship between Markland and NSWC Dahlgren. Markland is poised to provide its talents to the Navy," said Robert Tarini, Markland's CEO and chairman. "To demonstrate our commitment, EOIR is creating a new division to focus on Naval and Marine Corps support. The award of this work is the first important step in establishing this new division."

Markland has also announced that it has taken steps to integrate its majority-owned Technest Holdings Inc. subsidiary into the day to day operations of Markland. Technest's Genex Technologies subsidiary has been selected as a major subcontractor by EOIR Technologies Inc to supply proprietary optical surveillance technology to be utilized on a number of large scale Army contracts recently awarded to Markland.

Markland Technologies, Inc. is committed to setting next-generation standards in defense and security through the provision of innovative emerging technologies and expert services. The company is engaged in the identification of advanced technologies currently under development in laboratories, universities and in private industry, and in the transformation of those technologies into next-generation products.

Markland's solutions support military, law enforcement and homeland security personnel to protect the nation's citizens, borders and critical infrastructure assets from the threat of terrorism and other dangers. Through strategic development, Markland focuses on the creation of dual-use technology and products with applications in both the defense market and civilian homeland security and law enforcement fields. For more information, see www.marklandtech.com.

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