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STAR TECHNOLOGIES' GRAPHICON 2000/STX CHOSEN FOR NAVY HELICOPTER SIMULATOR PROGRAM; SUBCONTRACT COULD EXCEED $15 MILLION

STAR TECHNOLOGIES' GRAPHICON 2000/STX CHOSEN FOR NAVY HELICOPTER
 SIMULATOR PROGRAM; SUBCONTRACT COULD EXCEED $15 MILLION
 STERLING, Va., Jan. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Star Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: STRR) today announced that its Graphicon(TM) 2000/STX (G2000/STX) Image Generator has been selected to provide real-time image generation for flight and tactical operations for a $45 million U.S. Navy helicopter program. The G2000/STX was selected by AAI Corporation's System Management, Inc. of Orlando, Fla., for the U.S. Navy's Visual System Upgrade program for the SH-2F and SH-60B/F Helicopters. Star is currently negotiating the terms of a subcontract with AAI, which Star projects may exceed $15 million if all options are exercised by the Navy. The company said delivery would commence in approximately 12 months.
 The Naval Training Systems Center of Orlando, Fla. selected AAI as the prime systems integrator for the multi-year program to supply a complete upgraded visual system to train helicopter crew members for flight, antisubmarine warfare and search and rescue operations. Star Technologies' G2000/STX Image Generator, selected competitively for an exclusive teaming arrangement, will provide real-time image generation for out-the-window visual simulation for flight and tactical training. AAI and the Navy selected the G2000/STX over such image generator competitors as Evans and Sutherland, General Electric, CAE-Link, and Silicon Graphics.
 "We selected the Graphicon 2000/STX because its high-quality image generation capability and advanced simulation features gave us a price/performance advantage over our competitors," said Billy Rutherford, director of the training and simulation division, AAI Corp. "In addition, Star's technical staff worked closely with us to put together an innovative solution tailored specifically to the Navy's unique performance requirements."
 For the SH-60 application, the G2000/STX will simulate such natural phenomena as dynamic sea state, rotorwash, weather effects and changing time of day. In addition to search and rescue scenarios, the G2000/STX will produce images for anti-submarine warfare tactics. Night-time operations will be simulated by accurately representing Night-Vision Goggle (NVG) operation.
 In addition, the AAI/Star team will be responsible for constructing three large geographical databases, each of which covers an area of approximately 32,000 square miles. TopGen(TM) a sophisticated, interactive database modeling tool marketed by Star, will be used to build these databases.
 "This award marks a critical step in the Graphicon 2000's technical acceptance for large defense contracts, and validates the importance of an affordable, high-performance image generator in the current defense environment," said Robert C. Compton, Star's president and CEO.
 Compton added that the award has already resulted in increased customer interest in the G2000/STX. "We have been listening very closely to what our customers need and our team has responded with a superior solution not only for today's requirements, but for those into the future as well," he added.
 The Graphicon 2000/STX is a high-performance, low-cost image generator used to produce textured, anti-aliased, real-time visual scenes for simulation and training. The G2000/STX leads the industry in price/performance and flexibility. At a cost of less than $150,000 per channel, the G2000/STX offers high-end image quality at a significantly lower price than its competitors. In addition, its modular architecture permits the G2000/STX to be easily expanded and configured to meet a variety of requirements for multiple channels, increased resolution and increased scene complexity.
 AAI Corporation, headquartered in Hunt Valley, Md., a subsidiary of United Industrial Corporation, develops and produces high technology systems for commercial and military use.
 Star Technologies is a manufacturer of high-performance computing products, including image generators, array processors and compute servers. Star's G2000/STX image generator was also recently selected for the U.S. Army's Advanced Distributed Simulation Technology (ASDT) program, a development program administered by Program Manager for Training Devices (PM TRADE) for simulation technology related to the Combined Arms Tactical Training (CATT) family of networked simulators. Other G2000 customers include Luke Air Force Base, McDonnell Douglas, Technology Service Corporation, Alenia and the Federal Highway Administration. Star's Graphicon division is located at P.O. Box 13951, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709. Telephone: 919-361-3800.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Graphicon and TopGen are trademarks of Star Technologies, Inc./
 /CONTACT: Helen Ryan of Star Technologies, 703-689-4400, or Lois Levin or Anne Lampert of Makovsky & Co., 212-532-6300, for Star Technologies/
 (STRR) CO: Star Technologies, Inc.; AAI Corporation ST: Virginia, Florida IN: ARO SU: SM-OS -- NY095 -- 5373 01/30/92 15:28 EST
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