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COLUMBIA, Maryland, September 25 /PRNewswire/ --

Essex Corporation (Nasdaq: KEYW) announced today its Commercial Communication Products Division (CCPD) has production versions of its two digital communication product families. The Essex Edge(TM) 10 Gb/s 300-pin MSA Extended Reach Transponder family and the 10 Gb/s XFP MSA Transceiver family are now available for quantity ordering. Essex Edge(TM) products are designed for specialized requirements such as longer transmission distances and harsh environmental conditions. By meeting these more rigorous requirements, Essex Edge(TM) products enable important cost savings for the deployment and operation of commercial telecommunications networks.

The 300-pin MSA Extended Reach Transponder provides up to 160 km (3200 ps/nm) of optical transmission distance without inline optical compensation, eliminating the need for service providers to deploy expensive regeneration equipment and huts between central offices or communications centers. This enables direct upgrade of some 2.5 Gb/s fiber optic links to 10 Gb/s fiber optic links without expensive upgrade programs involving extensive network redesign. The 300 pin modules are widely tunable for operation on either 50 GHz or 100 GHz ITU grid spacings covering both C-Band and L-Band wavelengths.

The XFP MSA Transceiver doubles the current widely available 40 km reach capability to 80 km while being compliant to SONET/SDH/OTN optical performance requirements. It can also be configured for extended temperature operation at both 40 km and 80 km reaches, which allows deployment of wideband XFP modules in unsheltered locations to support the demands of the expanding Fiber-to the-X (FTTX) market. XFP modules are available in Time-Division-Multiplexed (TDM) and Wavelength-Division-Multiplexed (WDM) configurations.

Both product families are currently undergoing standard telecommunications industry environmental and reliability qualification testing.

"Essex-CCPD now has production versions of all three of its initial products," commented Leonard Moodispaw, CEO and President of Essex Corporation. "This is an important milestone for our investment in these products and the product capabilities of this team. I believe that with these products we have the right solution at the right time to meet the tougher performance demands emerging from the telecommunications industry worldwide. Our objective with this team and their products has always been to target the cutting-edge requirements of the industry with innovative engineering and products. We are very pleased to share this milestone and these products on the international stage at the European Conference on Optical Communications (ECOC) this week."

Essex CCPD sells fiber optic modules and subsystems for advanced communications applications to both the commercial and government markets. Located in Melbourne, Florida, Essex CCPD designs, manufactures, integrates, and tests products that also include 40 km and 80 km standard and extended temperature range XFP Transceivers, Duobinary 300-pin MSA Transponders, and Microwave Transceiver Assemblies. Datasheets for these products and sales contact information can be found at www.essexcorp.com/CCPD/index.html. They will also be highlighted in our booth (#692) at the European Conference on Optical Communication (ECOC) which is being held in Cannes, France, September 25-27, 2006.

About Essex: Essex provides advanced signal, image, and information processing, information assurance and cyber-security solutions, primarily for U.S. Government intelligence and defense customers, as well as for select commercial customers. We create our solutions by combining our services and expertise with hardware, software, and proprietary and patented technology to meet our customers' requirements. For more information contact Essex Corporation, 6708 Alexander Bell Drive, Columbia MD 21046-2100; Phone 301.939.7000; Fax 301.953.7880; E-mail info@essexcorp.com, or on the Web at www.essexcorp.com.

This press release may contain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on management's current expectations and are subject to risks, uncertainty and changes in circumstances, which may cause actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from anticipated results, performance or achievements. All statements contained herein that are not clearly historical in nature are forward looking. Economic, business, competitive and/or regulatory factors affecting Essex's businesses are examples of factors, among others, that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements are also expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements included in Essex's SEC filings, including its quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and its annual report on Form 10-K. Essex is under no obligation to (and expressly disclaims any such obligation to) update or alter its forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

 Contact: Leonard E. Moodispaw
 Chairman, CEO & President
 +1-301-939-7000

 Web site: http://www.essexcorp.com
 http://www.essexcorp.com/CCPD/index.html



Leonard E. Moodispaw, Chairman, CEO & President, Essex Corporation, +1-301-939-7000
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