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August 7th, 2012

Kratos SAT's New Global Coverage...No Dogs Here With Best Of Breed

[SatNews] This service covers 1,127 beams from 269 commercial communications satellites, almost 90 percent of the world's global Fixed Satellite Services (FSS) constellation.

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. (Nasdaq:KTOS), a National Security Solutions provider, announced today that its SAT Corporation subsidiary has significantly increased its Interference Detection and Geolocation (iDetGeo) service coverage by activating two additional operating sites in Maryland and Hawaii. SAT Services are used by satellite providers, broadcasters, cable operators and other content distributors to find and mitigate signals that interfere with their communications services.

With the new, strategically-placed sites, SAT can provide signal monitoring, interference detection, characterization and geolocation service coverage on 1,127 beams from 269 commercial communications satellites—or close to 90 percent of the world's global Fixed Satellite Services (FSS) constellation. Additionally, the new sites further SAT's "split site" geolocation capability, which allows for data acquisition at two geographically separated antenna sites. Split site technology supports multi-beam geolocation and enables SAT to increase the number of instances where a geolocation result can be completed.

The new facilities join SAT's six operating sites based in the United States, the United Kingdom, Cypress, India, Singapore and South Korea, making it the only solutions provider offering a cost-effective managed solution for interference detection on a global basis. The new sites add enhanced trans-Atlantic coverage between North America, South America, Europe and Africa, supporting virtually 100 percent of the commercial video content distributed within the United States.

Sunset Beach, Oahu. Photo courtesy of Sunseeker, http://flickr.com/photos/skyseeker/14148474/

The new operations are hosted at teleports operated by SES in Woodbine, Maryland, and Sunset Beach, Hawaii, as part of a previously announced partnership between the two companies. SAT's dual-antenna iDetGeo services are supported by SES's dual 7.3m antenna systems at Woodbine and dual 4.8m antennas at Sunset Beach. The services employ SAT's industry-leading Monics(R) and satID(R) products for RF monitoring, detection, characterization and geolocation to provide customers with 24x7 C-band, X-band, and Ku-band interference mitigation capability.

"The addition of our new facilities in Maryland and Hawaii solidifies SAT's position as the only global provider of managed SATCOM Network Operations Services," said Greg Caicedo, Vice President and General Manager of SAT Services. "Our partnership with SES has been instrumental in our ability to reliably deliver cost-effective, best of breed solutions to our customers."

"SES is pleased to host SAT Services' iDetGeo systems, which will be used by SAT Services to offer RFI mitigation services to the global satellite industry, in the ongoing fight against interference," said Stewart Sanders, SVP Customer Service Delivery, at SES. "SES will also use the iDetGeo services, which together with our own geolocation systems will provide additional troubleshooting capabilities for our customer support teams."