Colubris Networks and Miltope team on a contract with Connexion by Boeing for wireless connectivity on airlines

December 1, 2003

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WALTHAM, Mass. -- Connexion by Boeing, a mobile information services provider bringing high-speed Internet, data and entertainment connectivity to mobile travelers, will deploy secure, high-speed wireless services in commercial aircraft using products from Colubris Networks and Miltope Corporation (Miltope), a wholly owned subsidiary of Miltope Group Inc. (NASDAQ: MILT).

Miltope and Colubris Networks have also entered into an OEM partnership to deliver secure wireless access point products to the largest manufacturers and operators in the commercial and executive aviation industries. Connexion by Boeing and Miltope expand Colubris Networks' list of more than 400 service provider and enterprise customers and partners worldwide, including Telecom Italia, NTT-ME, McGill University, Bangkok International Airport, the Resort Municipality of Whistler, and three of the world's largest hotel chains.

To provide customers in the aviation industry with best-in-class wireless access point solutions, Miltope is incorporating key technology from the Colubris Networks CN1054 intelligent access device into Miltope's Wireless Access Service Point (WASP) offering. The world's first access device to combine a Wi-Fi access point with a VPN server, firewall, router and switch, the CN1054 is an easily managed, highly secure wireless networking system. The Miltope WASP incorporates CN1054 hardware and software technology into a rugged device customized to meet stringent airline industry standards for safety and reliability.

Designed, tested and certified for use on-board a range of private and commercial aircraft, the lightweight, compact WASP may be used as a wireless client access point in the aircraft cabin as well as a wireless bridge for a ground link. The IEEE 802.11b compliant WASP operates with any client device, such as a laptop computer or PDA.

"The aviation industry is among the most aggressive adopters of wireless technology, because it provides compelling benefits to passengers and operators alike," said Robert Guidetti, Sr. Director at Miltope Corporation. "Products that enable the delivery of wireless services must meet a number of unique requirements to ensure they operate effectively in this demanding environment. Miltope has a track record for delivering market-leading solutions that fulfill those requirements, and our partnership with Colubris Networks helps us expand upon that leadership."

"Providing customers with wireless access is becoming a 'must-have' in many markets," said Barry Fougere, president and CEO of Colubris Networks. "That's especially true in travel-related industry segments. Connexion by Boeing is recognized as the premier service for bringing Wi-Fi to the aviation industry. Colubris Networks is thrilled to be teaming with Miltope to deliver best-in-class wireless products purpose-built for this market, and we're pleased by the endorsement that having Connexion by Boeing as a customer represents."

Colubris Networks Inc.

Miltope Group, Inc.

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