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Solidica Awarded $1.6M to Advance Smart Armor Technology

January 26, 2007

The 12-month contract with the US Marine Corps focuses on developing retrofit armor kits, based on Solidica's gradient-modulus energy absorbing material, for the Corps' light armored vehicles.

ANN ARBOR, MI /PRNewswire/ -- Solidica, Inc. announced the award of a $1.6 million, twelve month contract with the United States Marine Corps to advance Solidica's proprietary Gradient-Modulus Energy Absorbing Material (GMEAM) technology. The focus of the effort will be to validate the utility of GMEAM to the Marine Corps demanding field requirements and to explore optimal platform configurations.

John McGinnis, Solidica's Director of Military Programs, notes, "We are well aware of the critical needs of the military for effective armor solutions and are proud to be able to bring our GMEAM technology to the table." A unique element of the program will be the integration of the new armor tiles with Solidica's Pantheon vehicle sensing, diagnostic and telematic system. The integrated demonstration will showcase the ability of live damage assessment via a wireless grid of Solidica's Solo smart sensor nodes embedded throughout the armor. "This program further underscores Solidica's ability to deliver rugged solutions—armor, wireless, or otherwise—into our customers' harsh environments and demanding market applications," added McGinnis.

About Solidica
Headquartered in Ann Arbor, MI, Solidica is a rapidly growing technology company that provides advanced materials, electronics, sensor networks and solid-state fabrication solutions. The company leverages its expanding internal research and product development resources to provide customers with innovative solutions in industries such as aerospace, automotive, medical, rapid prototyping/tooling, electronics, and military. Visit their Web site for more information or contact Jeff Jorge at (734) 222-4680 x116.

CONTACT: Jeff Jorge of Solidica, +1-734-222-4680 x116, or jjorge@solidica.com.

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