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AMERICAN PACIFIC ANNOUNCES COMPLETION OF NAVY HALOTRON I TESTING

AMERICAN PACIFIC ANNOUNCES COMPLETION OF NAVY HALOTRON I TESTING
 LAS VEGAS, Oct. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- American Pacific Corp. (NASDAQ: APFC) today announced that the U.S. Navy has completed two days of extensive testing of its Halotron I fire suppressant agent and application technology which is intended as a replacement for ozone-depleting halon 1211, used primarily in streaming applications, in fire-fighting systems around the world. The Department of Defense is considered to be the largest potential customer for Halotron I.
 The tests were conducted at the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station at Beaufort, S.C., on Oct. 21 and 22. In addition to the Navy and Marine Corps, representatives of other interested military and federal agencies were in attendance, along with several members of the company's management and staff.
 Fred D. Gibson, president and chief executive officer of American Pacific, commented: "From the company's perspective, we believe that these tests were successful in all respects, conforming to the results of prior testing by the company and independent research institutes in the United States and Europe. However, we cannot comment further with respect to the details, or provide specific information, until the military authorities conducting these rigorous tests complete their analysis and issue a formal report. The company does not anticipate the issuance of such a report in less than 30 days."
 American Pacific's principal business activities consist of the production of chlorate and perchlorate chemicals, including chiefly ammonium perchlorate, the oxidizer utilized in composite solid rocket propellants employed in a large number of space and military systems, the design and manufacture of pollution control systems and industrial commercial real estate development. The company is also actively involved in the development of two new manufacturing facilities: one to manufacture sodium azide for use in automotive airbag safety systems, and the other to produce Halotron as a replacement for ozone-depleting halon in fire extinguishment systems worldwide.
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 /CONTACT: C. Keith Rooker, executive VP of American Pacific, 702-735-2200/
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