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Markland Develops Software Based Thermal Sight Training Program for US Army; Sophisticated Software Program Assists Soldiers in Training to Operate Night Vision Equipment in Realistic Virtual Environment

RIDGEFIELD, Conn., Jan 28, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Markland Technologies, Inc. ( MRKL ), a defense and homeland security company transforming advanced laboratory technology into real-world products, announced today that it has completed development of an advanced computer software-based thermal sight training program under a contract with the U.S. Army. The announcement was made by Robert Tarini, Chairman and CEO of Markland.

The computer software-based thermal sight training program was developed under an agreement with the U.S. Army's Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (NVESD). While the curriculum and content is primarily developed by the government, EOIR Technologies Inc, a wholly owned subsidiary of Markland Technologies is the primary software developer.

The night vision training software helps soldiers learn to identify the thermal signatures of combat vehicles through the use of an interactive curriculum that teaches the unique patterns and shapes of vehicle 'hotspots,' and overall vehicle shapes. The training software also provides soldiers with practical experience in the use of their thermal sensor image controls. Through the use of virtual sight controls, soldiers learn to effectively adjust their thermal image to find targets and bring out their thermal identification cues.

"I am proud of our highly skilled and dedicated workforce at EOIR Technologies, and pleased that once again we have worked so successfully with the US Army's talented personnel at the Night Vision Laboratory to jointly produce a very important training tool for our soldiers," said Mr. Tarini. "The virtual training environment provided by this effort allows the US Army to train more soldiers faster and more effectively on the operation of night vision equipment. Ultimately, this results in a better-trained and better-equipped U.S. military."

The Army's NVESD research and development group is one of the U.S. military's most advanced technological leaders and has been responsible for numerous key innovations in the fields of optical electronics and thermal imaging for weapons targeting, electronic surveillance and other mission-critical military applications. Markland is working on a range of next-generation technology solutions for the NVESD, including night vision and advanced sensor applications, and other threat-detection systems. This product development effort was performed under an ongoing five-year omnibus contract which may provide a maximum award ceiling amount of up to $80 million in fiscal year revenues for Markland. The contract has a potential value of approximately $406 million over the life of the contract.

About Markland Technologies
Markland Technologies, Inc. is committed to setting next-generation standards in defense and security through the provision of innovative emerging technologies and expert services. The Company is engaged in the identification of advanced technologies currently under development in laboratories, universities and in private industry, and in the transformation of those technologies into next-generation products. Markland's solutions support military, law enforcement and homeland security personnel to protect the nation's citizens, borders and critical infrastructure assets from the threat of terrorism and other dangers. Through strategic development, Markland focuses on the creation of dual-use technology and products with applications in both the defense market and civilian homeland security and law enforcement fields. The Company is a Board Member of the Homeland Security Industries Association, and is a featured Company on HomelandDefenseStocks.com; additional details can be viewed at: http://www.homelanddefensestocks.com/Companies/MarklandTech.
For more information about the Company and its products, please visit the Markland home page at http://www.marklandtech.com.

Markland Technologies, Inc is a featured Company on http://www.HomelandDefenseStocks.com, a service for which Markland compensates the provider.
For full details, click here: http://www.homelanddefensestocks.com/Companies/MarklandTech/

SOURCE: Markland Technologies
Markland Technologies
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Dawn Van Zant, 866-730-1151
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