National Technical Systems’ National Ordnance Test Center Sets a Record High in New Defense Contract Awards

Camden, Arkansas – October 11, 2005 - National Technical Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: NTSC) (NTS), a leading provider of quality and conformance testing and managed services,  announced that defense contract awards for NTS Camden totaled more than $6.5 million dollars for the first half of the NTS fiscal year 2006. The contracts cover Weapons Performance, Hazardous Materials Safety and Functional Testing. The new contracts called for qualification and lot acceptance testing involving new and upgraded missile systems, smart munitions, and combat weapons systems.  

The NTS National Ordnance and Environmental Test Center (NTS Camden) is unique as one of the few independent test facilities equipped to conduct the wide array of complex development, qualification and acceptance tests on weapon systems, ordnance, rocket motors, hazardous materials and commercial products required by government and commercial standards. In support of these test programs, NTS provides experienced test personnel, specialized test equipment and infrastructure, engineering support, diagnostic instrumentation, data acquisition, and analysis.  

“Our business continues to grow because the Center is a unique facility,” notes Bill McGinnis , CEO of National Technical Systems. “The customers respect the accuracy and expediency of program performance and our superb safety record.”  

The Center is located within the Highland Industrial Park , occupying part of the former 68,000-acre Shumaker Navy Depot.  Recently featured by “Mail Call” on the History Channel, the multidiscipline test facility features a 3,000-meter, Large Caliber Ballistics Range; a rocket range; a large function and Arena Test area for weapons, munitions and warheads; Shock and Drop tower facilities; large Dynamics and Climatic test facilities; and numerous large concrete storage magazines for ordnance.

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National Technical Systems, Inc. is a business-to-business services company providing organizations in the aerospace, defense, information technology (IT) and high technology markets with integrated testing, certification, quality registration, systems evaluation and engineering solutions.  For additional information about National Technical Systems, visit its web site at           

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