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SimiGon wins Contract from Portuguese Air Force for F16 Air Combat Training

SimiGon Limited (LSE: SIM) announces that the Portuguese Air Force has selected the Company's AirBook software for its desktop training programme.

The Portuguese Air Force (PoAF) has awarded a contract to EMPORDEF Technologies de Informação SA - the leading domestic Military Training and Simulation company and the PoAF’s largest major simulation services provider by far for the delivery of PC-based training systems, incorporating advanced F-16 content and targeting pod training functionality.

Recognising the potential of AirBook, EMPORDEF chosen SimiGon and its US partner VTSG, to be partners in the programme.

The contract will initially generate approximately $350,000 of revenue in 2007 with expected follow-on orders from (European Participating Air Forces) EPAF worth more than $800,000 by the end of 2008. The order further enhances visibility of SimiGon's total order backlog for 2007 and 2008 and it increases the probability that the other European Air Forces will follow the Portuguese, Belgium and the Dutch air forces and adopt the Company’s platform.

With the Air Forces of the US, Israel, Singapore, Belgium, Netherlands, Thailand already signed up to use SimiGon’s products, the Company is now the training partner of choice for the overwhelming majority of the world’s F16 programmes and the Air Forces that fly F16s.

AirBook is SimiGon's aviation training software product based on the Company's core product, SIMbox, a highly flexible, PC-based commercial off-the-shelf product. POAF aircrew will benefit from a multitude of AirBook features while training with the most up-to-date weapons and sensor software simulation. AirBook training benefits include hi-fidelity, 3D simulation; personalized training on demand; After Action Review ("AAR"); and interactive computer-based training courseware. Furthermore, air force instructors and commanders will utilise an advanced Learning Management System ("LMS") to monitor and track individual and group progress, enabling them to provide better training content.

SimiGon President and CEO, Ami Vizer said, "We are excited to work with EMPORDEF Tecnologias de Informação and the Portuguese Air Force and building a long term relationship with them. This win comes soon after our win with the Belgium Air Force and demonstrates the growing realisation within professional communities of the increased training effectiveness and efficiency that SimiGon's software provides."

Empordef SA Executive Director Carlos Felix said, “We are looking forward to working with the AirBook application to solve both short and long term training issues that will keep the Portuguese Air Force aircrew current in the next generation of F16 weapons and sensors.”