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Tuesday, January 07, 2003

PC News
Raven Shield Demo Patch Almost Ready
According to Geiger, "The initial release of the patch file (70 megs) has a small issue related to a DLL file. We will have a new patch compiled shortly (it is 10:00am PST now). The full version (199 megs) is fine. Stay tuned for more updates." More info: Rave Shield website.

3D Gamers Gets Face-Lift
Today 3D Gamers unveiled a new look for their website. According to JVE, "For the past nine months we have been laboring behind the scenes (in our spare time) to get this done. No links have been changed - just the page design. If you don't like the default gray, the new setup allows visitors to choose from a short list of 'skins' that can be found in the upper left corner of every page." More info: 3DGamers.com

Matrix Games Forms Alliance
STATEN ISLAND, NY January 6th, 2003 Matrix Games is pleased to announce a new strategic partnership involving Tri Synergy Inc., a major North American co-publisher with extensive retail distribution experience.

"Our strong relationships and expertise in retail sales, distribution and co-publishing are an excellent match with Matrix Games' outstanding product line," said Tri Synergy Inc. Executive Vice President Shane Nestler. "We look forward to a long-term partnership."

David Heath, Director of Operations at Matrix Games said, "Matrix Games' future growth depends on better placement and exposure for our products. Our experience with Tri Synergy convinced us that they are the perfect partners to help us achieve that goal."

The first benefits of this new alliance can be seen in the recent release of updated versions of Matrix Games' two best-selling titles, Uncommon Valor and Starships Unlimited: Divided Galaxies to retail stores throughout North America. Upcoming titles will be marketed and distributed in full cooperation with Tri Synergy and discussions are underway regarding co-publishing several exciting new games.

Matrix Games produces, markets and publishes historical wargames as well as other computer gaming products. They are based in Staten Island, New York. For more information, visit the company's website.

Founded in Dallas, TX in 1996, Tri Synergy is a computer and video game co-publishing company. Tri Synergy coordinates every key step for its clients including sales services, distribution, vendor relations, marketing, public relations, manufacturing, packaging, inventory management, fulfillment and more. For more information, visit the company's website.

Military News
Lockheed Martin Delivers First F/A-22 Raptor
The Lockheed Martin-led F/A-22 Raptor air dominance fighter team has delivered its first aircraft -- Raptor 4012 -- to the U.S. Air Force's Air Warfare Center (AWFC) with the recent signing of formal acceptance documents here by government officials. The aircraft will soon be flown to AWFC's 422nd Test & Evaluation Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base near Las Vegas, Nevada.

"Lockheed Martin is proud to deliver the first of several F/A-22 Raptors for use by the Air Warfare Center," said Ralph Heath, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company executive vice president and F/A-22 program general manager. This delivery also marks the first F/A-22 delivery to Air Combat Command, the lead command for continental U.S.-based fighter, bomber and UAV aircraft operated by the Air Force.

At Nellis, Raptor 12 -- the twelfth F/A-22 built -- will be used initially to teach Operational Test pilots and maintenance personnel how to safely and effectively fly and repair the aircraft. Eventually, AWFC pilots will use Raptor 12 (Air Force serial number 00-012) and the other seven F/A-22s assigned to the unit to develop the tactics, techniques and procedures for the entire Combat Air Forces (CAF). In addition, these aircraft will be used to train the initial cadre of Air Education and Training Command instructor pilots stationed at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida.

The F/A-22 Raptor is built by Lockheed Martin in partnership with Boeing, powered by Pratt & Whitney engines, and made from parts and subsystems provided by approximately 1,200 subcontractors and suppliers in 46 states. Principal aircraft production activities take place at Lockheed Martin facilities in Marietta, Ga., Fort Worth, Texas, and Palmdale, Calif., as well as at Boeing's plant in Seattle, Wash. The engines are built in East Hartford, Conn.

For more information on the F/A-22 Raptor air dominance fighter program, visit: FA22Raptor.com

Army Acquires "Smart" Pickup
The Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command's National Automotive Center (NAC) today unveiled SmarTruck II, a versatile prototype, multi-purpose vehicle capable of both counterterrorism support and homeland security for a variety of community service and humanitarian aid missions.

The technology-laden vehicle introduces several new electronic and communications technologies, including a POINTER remotely controlled electric Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV), advanced SPIKE pinpoint laser-guided missile, 360- degree video cameras, four integrated state-of-the-art global communications systems and a unique hyperbolic interactive website for data acquisition.

Built on a modified Chevrolet Silverado platform, this innovative 6x6 all- wheel drive vehicle is engineered to meet military, homeland security, counterterrorism and municipal government challenges in a post-Sept. 11 environment. SmarTruck II packs a bevy of electronically intelligent devices, state-of-the-art global communication systems and weapon options that will give its crew some crucial mission advantages.

This ain't your Father's Silverado!

"SmarTruck II is a multi-purpose vehicle for what are, in reality, 'multi- purpose' missions. This unique vehicle is now ready and able to meet those challenges facing local, state and federal agencies," said Dennis J. Wend, executive director of the NAC. "If you don't know exactly what you need, what's the next best thing? A modular vehicle that can become anything you want it to be."

SmarTruck II incorporates an interchangeable mobile applications system. The system consists of a heavy-duty stainless steel receiver frame that accepts multiple combinations of new special applications modules/pods. These interchangeable pods can be configured to perform a wide range of military missions or homeland security activities. The vehicle can be quickly adapted to meet any mission requirement.

"Beyond the military role, SmarTruck II can be configured for homeland security, community service and humanitarian aid applications such as disaster relief, medical response, surveillance, field kitchen, water purification, wide area lighting, water pump and as a command and control center," commented Wend.

More Info on SmartTruckII

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