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U.S. ARMY AWARDS RUGGEDIZED COMPUTER ORDER TO PARAMAX

 MCLEAN, Va., Dec. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Paramax Systems Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Unisys Corporation (NYSE: UIS), today announced that it has been awarded a delivery order worth nearly $16 million by the U.S. Army for the Tactical Army Combat Service Support Computer System (TACCS). The contract modification covers program management, software support and maintenance services. The total contract value since 1984 is $345 million.
 Since its initial fielding in May 1985, Paramax has delivered 10,165 TACCS to U.S. Army tactical units worldwide. Maintenance services for TACCS are provided through eight manned and two unmanned maintenance repair centers (MRCs) within the continental United States, and through four manned and five unmanned MRCs outside of the United States.
 Recently, the TACCS program office completed a transition plan that transferred the administrative contractual responsibilities from Tactical Management Information Systems (TACMIS) headquarters at Fort Belvoir, Va., to Headquarters, U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM), Fort Monmouth, N.J. At the latest program progress review meeting, CECOM expressed extreme satisfaction with Paramax's support to all fielded users through the MRCs.
 In addition, CECOM Logistics Management personnel applauded the efforts of Paramax's Customer Service Engineers (CSEs) and the outstanding reliability rate achieved by the TACCS hardware. Recent field performance for TACCS V2 systems has achieved in excess of 2,366 hours mean-time-between-failures (MTBF) vs. the predicted MTBF of 1,092 hours.
 "TACCS has proved to be an exceptional ruggedized computer system that meets the demanding needs of today's mobile Army," says Robert L. Morton, TACCS program manager. "You might say that the systems are performing above and beyond the call of duty.'"
 TACCS is a fully ruggedized microcomputer system that can survive in all field conditions. Its primary function is to handle application programs for management of personnel, supply, maintenance, calibration, property books and munitions. It can also be used in various transportation support functions. TACCS operators can sort and retrieve vital supply, maintenance and personnel data, as well as communicate with other TACCS in the field or in offices and garrison on military bases.
 Beyond the strict tactical applications, TACCS has huge benefits in speeding up and simplifying data processing. It has helped the Army to reassign personnel from the manual administrative positions and move these personnel over to combat roles. TACCS wartime applications include replacement operations processing, battlefield strength accounting and casualty operations.
 TACCS is one of Paramax's most successful off-the-shelf microcomputers. Initially, the Unisys B-26 was chosen; and recently, a technology upgrade was accomplished by developing a field- retrofittable kit, using the Unisys B-38 with an 80386 microprocessor. Paramax chose to ruggedize the commercial-off-the- shelf (COTS) computer hardware rather than attempt to create an entirely new computer according to military configurations. The result was a low per unit cost, which allowed for the high volume procurement.
 More than 2,000 TACCS were deployed in Saudi Arabia in support of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. During that time, Paramax was requested to establish a manned MRC, staffed with five Customer Service Engineers. TACCS hardware performed as designed and exceeded the predicted reliability rate. In spite of the harsh desert environment, the reliability rate was 250 percent greater than that required in the TACCS contract requirement documents.
 Work on the TACCS program is conducted by Pennsylvania-based Valley Forge Labs, an operating unit of Paramax's Electronic Systems division headquartered in Eagan, Minn.
 Paramax Systems Corporation, headquartered in McLean, is a $2 billion information systems company with 16,000 employees. A subsidiary of Unisys Corporation, Blue Bell, Pa., Paramax is an experienced leader in providing advanced integrated systems, electronic products and related professional services for civil and defense agencies in the United States, Canada and nations worldwide.
 Unisys Corporation is a leading information systems company with 60,000 customers in more than 100 countries. The company is a leading manufacturer of commercial information systems, defense systems and related services.
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 /CONTACT: Laura N. Overstreet of Paramax Systems, 703-847-3375/
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