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Alion Invention Providing Greater Safety to Military PersonnelWins Army Award

Unique solution, developed in concert with Army, supports Operation Iraqi Freedom by helping protect troops traveling in “Humvees”

August 5, 2004 - MCLEAN, VA — Alion Science and Technology was recognized for contributions to developing one of the “Army’s Greatest Inventions” of the past year. The award was presented to Alion's customer, the Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC), National Automotive Center, where a team of engineers helped develop a new weapons mount that can vastly increase the safety of troops traveling in “Humvees”. The weapons mount is now being used by the US military in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

While the original mount was restricted in motion, the Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW) Pintle Mount Assembly gives the crew greater flexibility to defend themselves from threats located on higher ground. The swivel mount is attached between the front and rear doors on the vehicle, allowing crew members in either the front or rear seats to use the SAW more effectively. As a result, they can more quickly respond to a variety of threats from different directions.

In a ceremony held July 22, team members were recognized for their roles in winning the award with certificates from General Paul J. Kern, commanding general of the U.S. Army Materiel Command.

Alion CEO Bahman Atefi said that the award reflects the spirit that drives the company. “Alion is a company of experts and innovators dedicated in supporting the warfighter. We truly appreciate this recognition from the Army and we are very proud of our employee-owners who made this solution possible.”

The awards, given annually by the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, recognize innovations that improve the Army’s readiness. Ten inventions were selected for this year’s awards, which were presented in a June ceremony. Entries were judged based on their impact on Army capabilities, potential benefit outside the Army and their inventiveness.

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