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Benthos - News - August, 11 2004

BENTHOS TO PROVIDE UNDERSEA MODEMS TO THE U.S. NAVY

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE DISTRIBUTION
DATE: August 11, 2004
SUBJECT: Company News

Contact: Peter Zentz
Corporate Communications Manager
Tel: (508) 563-1000, ext. 505

Benthos to Provide Undersea Modems to the U.S. Navy

NORTH FALMOUTH, MASSACHUSETTS, August 11, 2004 . . . BENTHOS, INC. (NASDAQ: BTHS) announced today that it has received a contract, in excess of five hundred thousand dollars for engineering support and a significant number of telesonar acoustic modems, from SPAWAR Systems Center, San Diego, to support the U.S. Navy's Task Force Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Experiment #4. These modems will form a "Seaweb" underwater wireless network to provide communication links between underwater nodes.

The Navy is developing the Seaweb concept for ocean surveillance and other undersea warfare missions. Seaweb is a wireless network for network-centric operations in the undersea battlespace. Telesonar modem technology enables deployable autonomous distributed systems (known as DADS) and other undersea systems. The susceptibility of cables to boat anchors and commercial trawling precludes the use of a wired network. Vulnerability of surface buoys to weather, rough seas, and pilfering discourages reliance on radio telemetry from individual sensor nodes to shore or to space satellites. Such a distributed network involves multiple sensor nodes, relay nodes, and gateway nodes, all of which include a Benthos modem.

Benthos telesonar modems provide all aspects of underwater communications required by Seaweb, including connectivity with undersea sensors and underwater vehicles. Data transmission ranging from command and control, to optical and sonar imagery, is provided, along with the ability to relay the data across any number of nodes within a large, distributed network. Seamless connectivity is accomplished through gateway buoys that are integrated acoustic and radio modems, providing line-of-sight and/or satellite links to remote operators directly or via the internet. Benthos has partnered with the U.S. Navy in the development of these modems for the last eight years and anticipates a continuing partnership in the development of underwater wireless communications technology.

Benthos, Inc., through its Undersea Systems Division, designs, manufactures, sells and services a variety of oceanographic products for underwater tasks; and through its TapTone Package Inspection Systems Division makes systems for testing consumer packages made of glass, metal or plastic. The common stock of the Company is traded on the Nasdaq SmallCap market under the symbol BTHS. For more information, Benthos can be found on the Internet at www.benthos.com.
Forward Looking Statements

The statements in this news release relating to plans, strategies, economic performance and trends and other statements that are not descriptions of historical facts are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Federal Securities Laws. Forward-looking statements are based on management’s current assumptions and expectations, which are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties and are difficult to predict. Actual results could differ materially from those currently anticipated due to a number of factors which include: the timing of large project orders, competitive factors, shifts in customer demand, government spending, economic cycles, availability of financing, regulatory changes and other factors. More information about these factors is contained in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results or outcomes may vary materially from those described herein as anticipated, believed, estimated, expected or intended. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly review or update any forward-looking information, whether as a result of future developments, newly acquired information or other matters.

 



 


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