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ECC International Corp. Announces Milestone III Achievement for the Engagement Skills Trainer 2000 Program.

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ORLANDO, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 10, 2001

ECC International Corp. (AMEX:ECC) announced today that it has achieved Milestone III for the Engagement Skills Trainer 2000 (EST 2000) program. Achievement of this milestone allows the program to transition from low rate to full rate production and affirms the commitment of the U.S. Army to deploy the EST 2000 system. The EST 2000 is the only small arms weapons training system validated by the U.S. Army Infantry School.

The U.S. Army Simulation and Training Command ("STRICOM") awarded the initial EST 2000 contract in November 1998. STRICOM has structured the contract to serve the weapons training needs of other U.S. armed forces and federal, state and local law enforcement agencies as well as foreign armed forces through the Foreign Military Sales program. Under the current EST 2000 contract, ECC is delivering training systems to the U.S. Army, National Guard and Army Reserve forces. Deliveries have begun on the 76 systems currently on contract and will complete in August 2001.

The EST 2000 is the most accurate fielded training system which supports 11 different weapons including rifles, pistols, machineguns, shotguns, anti-tank, and grenade launchers. A total of 1,104 systems are planned with a targeted value of more than $93M. When fully fielded, the EST 2000 system will train more soldiers each year, both enlisted and officers, than any other Army training system.

"ECC is very excited to report such a major success on this important program," commented Dr. James C. Garrett, president and chief executive officer of ECC. "We look forward to supporting the U.S. Army, National Guard and Army Reserve forces in fielding additional EST 2000 trainers."

ECC International Corp. is a world leader in the design, development and production of simulators and related training programs for crew, operator and maintainer training. The company provides a wide range of products and services used by all branches of the U.S. Department of Defense and by armed forces in 25 countries.

Statements in this press release regarding future plans, events, performance and profitability levels are forward-looking statements and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. The following are important factors, among others, that should be considered in evaluating any forward-looking statements: the company's actual revenue, sales order levels, overhead rates, expense levels, and audit adjustments during future quarters, general economic conditions, the level of government funding for defense programs, cancellation of weapons programs, delays in contract awards, the introduction of new products by, and pricing practices of, the company's competitors, and other risks identified in the company's SEC filings. Actual results may differ materially.
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