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News Release
December 2, 2003

L-3 Communications' Link Division Awards $1.7MM Development Contract to Zygo Corporation and Optical Research Associates

MIDDLEFIELD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 2, 2003--ZYGO Corporation (NASDAQ: ZIGO) announced today that Link Simulation and Training, a division of L-3 Communications, has awarded a contract to Zygo Corporation (NASDAQ: ZIGO) and Optical Research Associates (ORA(R)) to design, develop, and deliver a next-generation Helmet Mounted Display (HMD) for new and upgraded flight simulation systems used to train U.S. armed forces pilots.

The contract provided for the team of ZYGO and Optical Research Associates to deliver prototype helmets in 2004 using high-resolution display and imaging concepts that significantly enhance mission realism for greatly improved training and increased combat-readiness.

Unlike existing HMDs, in which the projection system is built into a projection headset that pilots must wear in place of their combat helmets, the new units will resemble lightweight goggles that can be worn with pilots' personal helmets. This provides greater comfort for the wearer, and further enhances mission realism. In addition, the ZYGO - ORA team will take advantage of state-of-the-art image generators and projection technology to present a superior visual immersion experience to the military trainee.

The team was selected by Link for its depth of expertise and history of developing and delivering advanced electro-optical systems. Development activities will take place primarily at ZYGO's Costa Mesa, California, location, and at Link's Arlington, Texas, facility, with design services provided by ORA at Pasadena, California.

"We are very pleased to be working with ORA on this sophisticated design and prototyping project, and also to have L-3 as a customer," said Robert Stoner, ZYGO's vice president of metrology and optical systems business units. "ZYGO offers a unique and very potent combination of optical, electronic, and mechanical design services in addition to precision manufacturing that should enable L-3 to set a new standard for HMD's and compact projection video."

Zygo Corporation (NASDAQ: ZIGO), headquartered in Middlefield, Connecticut, is a worldwide developer and supplier of high precision optics, optical assemblies, high performance metrology instruments, and automation for the semiconductor and industrial markets. See ZYGO's web site at for additional information.

ORA is the world's leading developer of optical design software, CODE V(R) and LightTools(R), and is the largest independent supplier of optical design and engineering services, with more than 4,000 completed projects since the Company was founded in 1963. See ORA's Web site at for additional information.

This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21 E of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, which reflect the Company's current judgment on certain issues. Because such statements apply to future events, they are subject to risk and uncertainties that could cause the actual results to differ materially. Important factors, which could cause actual results to differ materially, are described in the Company's reports on Form 10-K and 10-Q on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

    CONTACT: Zygo Corporation
             Robert J. Stoner, 860-704-3934
    SOURCE: Zygo Corporation
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