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Alion Awarded $48.5M Navy Task Order to Develop and Test Automated Torpedo Detection System.

Technology Solutions Company to Help Improve Surface Ship Torpedo Defense

MCLEAN, Va. -- Alion Science and Technology, an employee-owned technology solutions provider, has been awarded a task order from the U.S. Navy valued at $48.5 million to research, design, develop, prototype, integrate and test a new torpedo detection system in conjunction with the Navy's new anti-torpedo countermeasure technology, demonstrating the improved performance and integration of the technologies in Navy fleet systems.

The task order, awarded under the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Newport SeaPort-e contract, supports the Naval Sea Systems (NAVSEA) Undersea Defensive Warfare Systems Program Office with Anti-Torpedo Torpedo Defensive System (ATTDS) Torpedo Detection, Classification and Localization (TDCL) technology.

This work follows the successful demonstration of new TDCL technology developed by Alion and its team members over the past four years, which has been proven to outperform existing sonar systems on Navy ships. Alion will evaluate the TDCL system both in the laboratory and at sea.

"As other countries increase their submarine forces, the threat of torpedoes to Navy vessels also increases," explained Rear Adm. John J. (JJ) Waickwicz (USN, Ret.), Alion Senior Vice President and Manager of the Engineering Technology Center Group. "Continued at-sea testing is intended to demonstrate that ATTDS will reliably detect and counter incoming torpedo threats, protecting Navy ships and the lives of personnel aboard," Waickwicz added.

The period of performance runs through May 2014. Alion's ATTDS TDCL team includes 3 Phoenix Inc., Adaptive Methods, Advanced Reasoning Inc., Angle Inc., BAE Systems, BBN, Daniel H. Wagner Assoc. Inc., General Dynamics - Information Technology, L3 and Ultra Electronics.

About Alion Science and Technology

Alion Science and Technology (pronounced: ah-LYE-un) is an employee-owned technology solutions company delivering technical expertise and operational support to the Department of Defense, civilian government agencies and commercial customers. Building on 70 years of R&D and engineering expertise, Alion brings innovation and insight to multiple business areas: naval architecture & marine engineering; defense operations; systems engineering; modeling & simulation; information management & technology; chemical, biological, nuclear & environmental sciences; wireless spectrum engineering; and industrial technology. Based in McLean, Virginia, Alion employee-owners are located at major offices, customer sites and laboratories worldwide. For more information, call 877.771.6252 or visit Alion online at www.alionscience.com.

This press release contains information about management's view of Alion's future expectations, plans and prospects that constitute forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by these forward-looking statements as a result of a variety of risk factors and uncertainties discussed in documents periodically filed by Alion with the SEC. Due to such uncertainties and risks, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof.
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