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July 27, 2010

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Compact, Heavy-Load Vehicle Readily Adapts from Routine Use to Extreme Austere Environments

Alexandria, Virginia (April 22, 2010) – The LASSO® (Land, Air & Sea Special Operations) vehicle is the result of thousands of hours of research, engineering, design and testing by VSE Corporation. What sets this compact, all-terrain vehicle apart is its true, full-time, six-wheel drive with a fully independent suspension, 9-inches of suspension travel, 12-inches of ground clearance and a payload capacity of 3,000 pounds–allowing for high capacity load carrying in hard-to-travel environments.

The LASSO is designed to meet military specifications and incorporates many standard HMMWV features. Further, the LASSO was designed to fit inside tilt-rotor aircraft. Another main focus of the LASSO vehicle design was to use as many COTS (Components Off-The- Shelf) as possible to bring down pricing while facilitating a speedy and robust design.

“We developed the LASSO with a keen eye towards serviceability,” said VSE engineer and LASSO designer John Wasylyk. “The entire power pack (engine, transmission and accessories) is mounted to a separate sub-frame that is located under the seats, and can be quickly and easily removed from the vehicle for service or replacement. A two-man team can have the entire power pack “on the floor” in an hour. Each of the six ‘corners’ (wheel and suspension assemblies) also have common components such as upper a-arms, lower a-arms, toe links, knuckle assemblies, brake components and half shafts to keep parts and service costs down.”

The LASSO vehicle has been demonstrated on the SORT (Severe Off-Road Track) course at the U.S. Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Virginia where it exceeded all expectations of base personnel, and Finite Element Analysis concludes that the vehicle meets requirements for Roll-Over Protection (SAE J2194).

“We have designed the vehicle to be as compatible as possible with existing systems,” said Tom Dacus, President of VSE Federal Group. “This ensures minimal new training for our warfighters, and reduces the variety of parts needed – resulting in overall cost savings for our customers. The LASSO is a ‘get in and go’ piece of equipment.”

The LASSO vehicle’s carrying capacity of 3,000 lbs makes it a unique material handling vehicle. It is also equipped with both 12v & 24v power. This includes: (1) NATO slave plug; (2) 110v outlets; and (1) 12v dc power source. As a result, vehicle can also be utilized as a mobile generator and is fully equipped for black-out and infrared driving modes. According to Len Goldstein, VSE Chief Engineer, “These features are just the beginning. The possibilities for mission-specific variants of vehicle platform include a Command and Control vehicle; Weapons Station Platform; Reconnaissance, Surveillance & Targeting; Ambulance; Fire Fighting; as well as serving as a personnel transport. There is also the option of an electrically-driven
variant, a fuel cell variant and an autonomous LASSO vehicle.”

John Wasylyk concluded, “Anyone who has test driven the LASSO have been astounded by its extreme off-road capabilities. We are proud of our LASSO vehicle and we believe that it will be a great asset to our military, border protection and other government agencies which can quickly adapt from routine use to the most complex austere environments.”

Federal Group provides engineering, advanced technology, prototyping, technical, management and integrated logistics support services to U.S. military branches and other government agencies. Federal Group also specializes in providing full life-cycle engineering, logistics, maintenance, and refurbishment services to extend and enhance the life of existing equipment. Support also includes providing worldwide field maintenance and logistics support services for a wide variety of military vehicles and equipment in austere environments. For more information about Federal Group’s services please see the VSE Corporation website at or contact Keith Prewitt at (703) 329-3251.

About VSE

VSE marked its 50th year as a government contractor in 2009. VSE is a diversified Federal Services company of choice for solving issues of global significance with integrity, agility, and value. VSE is dedicated to making our clients successful by delivering talented people and innovative solutions for consulting and program management, logistics, equipment and vehicle/vessel refurbishment, engineering, information technology, energy consulting, and construction program management. For additional information on VSE services and products, please see the company’s web site at or contact Randy Hollstein, VSE Corporate Vice President of Sales and Marketing, at (703) 329-3206.

Photo courtesy of the VSE Corporation.

Safe Harbor

This news release contains statements which, to the extent they are not recitations of historical fact, may constitute “forward looking statements” under federal
securities laws. All such statements are intended to be subject to the safe harbor protection provided by applicable securities laws. For discussions identifying some important factors that could cause actual VSE results to differ materially from those anticipated in the forward looking statements in this news release, see VSE’s public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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