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CAMBRIDGE, UK, May 16, 2003 - Primagraphics (, the
command & control, video and graphics specialist, has been awarded a major
contract by the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWC-AD), the
U.S. Navy's full spectrum research, development, test and evaluation,
engineering and fleet support centre, based in Maryland, USA.

Primagraphics will be supplying its commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS)
equipment for use on board the U.S. Navy's CV and CVN-class aircraft carriers
and LHA and LHD-class amphibious landing platforms. The equipment will be
integrated by NAWC-AD into the U.S. Navy's air traffic control consoles,
which are used for control of rotor and fixed wing aircraft during
launch/recovery and amphibious assault operations.

Engineers at NAWC-AD's St. Inigoes facility in Maryland needed a VME-based
ultra-high resolution (2048 x 2048 pixel) graphics display controller to
generate combined graphics, radar and video displays on the 2k x 2k flat
panel displays used on board the ships. They also required 2k radar scan
conversion and radar acquisition capability. Primagraphics was able to
provide the solution.

Primagraphics hardware will include the Virgo radar acquisition card, the 2k
Vantage radar scan-converter and the 2k Tiger graphics display controller.
Primagraphics is the only company worldwide to offer 2k graphics on a VME

David Johnson, product manager at Primagraphics, said: "We are excited to be
supplying the U.S. Navy with integrated graphics and radar scan-conversion
hardware to support this display application. Our commitment to open
architectures has enabled our customers to incorporate software and hardware
components from multiple vendors using standard interfaces and minimising
custom development."

Primagraphics is a recognised leader in the development of processing and
display systems for military and civil applications. Its systems, for VME,
PCI, CompactPCI and PMC formats, are in use throughout the world for
airborne and shipborne command and control consoles, vessel tracking, air
traffic control and air defence systems.

Details of Primagraphics' range of cards and systems solutions are given on
Primagraphics' web site at For more information
please telephone +44 (0) 1763 852222 or email



The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division is the U.S. Navy's full
spectrum research, development, test and evaluation (RDT&E), engineering and
fleet support center. It is a recognised leader in the design, development
and engineering of aircraft systems; shipboard, fixed and mobile
communications; and information technology systems. NAWC-AD is based in St.
Inigoes, Maryland, USA.

About Primagraphics (

Primagraphics, a specialist supplier of graphics and video display systems
for VME, PCI, CompactPCI and PMC formats, is a recognised leader in the
radar and command and control markets. Its expertise encompasses radar scan
conversion and tracking solutions, as well as compression, decompression and
distribution of data (radar and TV video) across wide and local area
networks. Founded in 1982, Primagraphics' European headquarters is located
at Litlington, near Cambridge, UK. It also has offices in the USA and a
network of dealers and distributors worldwide. Primagraphics is a member of
the VMEbus International Trade Association (VITA).

Media contacts:

Martin Brooke
Martin Brooke Associates
+44 (0) 1223 264050

John Hunter
+44 (0) 1763 852222

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