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Ball Aerospace forms DoD Protégé Pact with Woman-Owned Small Business for GDPAA Antenna Support

December 21, 2007

BOULDER, Colo., Dec. 21, 2007 – Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has entered a Department of Defense (DoD) Mentor-Protégé Agreement with Princeton Microwave Technology Inc. (PmT) of Princeton, New Jersey, and will assist the company as it becomes a supplier of Transmit/Receive Modules for Ball’s contract supporting the Geodesic Dome Phased Array Antenna-Advanced Technology Demonstration (GDPAA-ATD).

Since 1991, the DoD Mentor-Protégé Program has offered substantial assistance to socio-economic subsets of small businesses. PmT, is a small, woman-owned business. As an approved DoD Mentor, Ball Aerospace will provide services to PmT through the U.S. Air Force Outreach Program Office, specifically for manufacturing and production technology. The DoD program assists small businesses to successfully compete for prime contract and subcontract awards by partnering with large companies under individual, project-based agreements.

“Ball Aerospace has a proven history of using the techniques, products and services of small businesses to provide innovative products,” said Rich Auerbach, director of Ball’s antenna and video technologies group. “We look forward to helping PmT meet certification requirements that precipitate successful delivery of communications module components to Ball Aerospace.”

PmT manufactures oscillators and amplifiers for the military and telecommunications markets. The Mentor-Protégé pact will allow Ball Aerospace to assist PmT maximize its in-house production capabilities and effectively manage external fabrication activities.

The GDPAA-ATD is part of a multi-phase activity to upgrade the Air Force Satellite Control Network by replacing large parabolic dish antennas with advanced phased array antennas. This development is designed to greatly improve satellite communication links for the Air Force’s network. In January, 2007, Ball Aerospace began work on a $13 million ATD contract to develop and demonstrate technologies required to validate the GDPAA concept.

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. supports critical missions of important national agencies such as the Department of Defense, NASA, NOAA and other U.S. government and commercial entities. The company develops and manufactures spacecraft, advanced instruments and sensors, components, data exploitation systems and RF solutions for strategic, tactical and scientific applications. Over the past 50 years, Ball Aerospace has been responsible for numerous technological and scientific ‘firsts’ and acts as a technology innovator for the aerospace market.

Ball Corporation (NYSE: BLL) is a supplier of high-quality metal and plastic packaging products for beverage, food and household products customers, and of aerospace and other technologies and services, primarily for the U.S. government. Ball Corporation and its subsidiaries employ more than 15,500 people worldwide and reported 2006 sales of $6.6 billion.

 
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