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Ball Aerospace Awarded $21M in NASIC Contracts

April 22, 2008

DAYTON, Ohio, April 22, 2008 – The National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC) has awarded Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. two contracts worth more than $21M to continue providing actionable intelligence to warfighters through service contracts that support the Department of Defense (DoD).

NASIC, located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, awarded Ball Aerospace and its teammates a $10.8 million Spectral Exploitation Center/Cell and Thermal Infrared Operational Support contract to continue performing non-literal Geospatial Intelligence analysis and operational support. These tasks include data processing, data analysis, software modification and maintenance, system and network administration, analytic support, and instruction and training on the use of software tools and techniques. Teammates include AAI Corporation, BAH, CACI International Inc., the Space Computer Corporation, and The Boeing Company.

Wright-Patterson AFB is the source of air and space intelligence for the DoD. Ball Aerospace has provided on-site and off-site remote sensing and analysis support to NASIC’s Measurement and Signature Intelligence Exploitation program for nearly 25 years.

NASIC also awarded Ball an $11 million contract to extend its current program that transforms sensor data into intelligence information, for the Integrated Overhead Non-imaging Infrared (ONIR) Tasking, Processing, Exploitation, and Dissemination System (IOTS) program.

In 2005, NASIC awarded Ball Aerospace a three-year IOTS contract to develop an integrated ONIR system. IOTS provides capabilities to process and exploit existing and future ONIR sensor data collected by space-based infrared sensors. Ball is supported on the contract by Booz Allen & Hamilton, Inc., Command Technologies, Inc. a subsidiary of MTC Technologies, Inc., Northrop Grumman’s Electronic Systems sector, Oracle Federal Systems, Raytheon Company, Structural Computing LLC, and Science Applications International Corp.

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. For more than 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 2007 sales of $7.4 billion.

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