National Technical Systems Increases Orders to Test Performance of Antiterrorist Weapons and Surveillance Systems

CALABASAS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 11, 2005--Dr. Jack Lin, Chairman and CEO of National Technical Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:NTSC) (NTS), a leading provider of quality and conformance testing and managed services, announces orders for testing weapons and surveillance systems has increased by $8 million in its Aerospace & Defense related business. This represents a 30% plus increase from FY 2004 to FY 2005 in the NTS business segment. Many of the weapons systems, such as smart munitions and friend/foe ordnance, are tested at the NTS Camden facility, one of the largest independent ordnance and munitions test centers in North America. Other non-hazardous systems such as advanced imaging systems, avionics for unmanned surveillance systems, and GPS navigation systems that must remain accurate in the presence of enemy signal jamming, are evaluated at seven of the other 13 NTS stateside locations. Tests at these seven specialized and capable facilities include vibration, shock, electromagnetic susceptibility and climatic extremes such as thermal shock and sand and dust exposure. 

According to NTS President and COO William C. McGinnis, "American technology in this field is designed to ensure the safety of our men and women fighting to keep this nation safe, by giving them an edge. Our role is to assist the designers in assuring system performance under actual and often extreme environments."

Mr. McGinnis went on to say the company is also focusing on globalization and the Telecom market as evidenced by its recent acquisitions in Calgary, Canada and of Phase Seven Laboratories, Santa Rosa, California; consequently NTS has seen an increase in its Telecom business. Aerospace and Defense has always been an important segment of the NTS business and has provided engineering services, conducted performance tests and compliance verification for the industry's top tier contractors and government agencies.

About National Technical Systems, Inc.

National Technical Systems, Inc. is a business-to-business services company providing organizations in the aerospace, defense, information technology (IT) and high technology markets 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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