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Aeroflex Gains A|D|S 21st Century Supply Chains (SC21) Bronze Award

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Aeroflex Gains A|D|S 21st Century Supply Chains (SC21) Bronze Award

UK aerospace and defence industry recognises Aeroflex’s excellence in customer relationships, quality and performance in managing its calibration, repair and asset management services

Stevenage, UK— April 20, 2011—Aeroflex Test and Equipment Services (ATES) – a division of Aeroflex Limited, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Aeroflex Holding Corp. (NYSE:ARX) – has announced that it has received the 21st Century Supply Chains (SC21) Bronze Award for high quality service and continuous improvement to its calibration, repair and asset management services. The SC21 programme is administered by A|D|S, the national trade organisation dedicated to advancing the UK aerospace, defence, security and space industries globally.

SC21 aims to accelerate the competitiveness of the aerospace and defence industry by encouraging the participation of companies of all sizes throughout the UK supply chain in its modernisation programme, to meet the challenge of the increasing level of international competition.

The improvements introduced by ATES, across its sites in Stevenage and Donibristle in the UK, include increased employee engagement to the standards of 5S, a subset of Lean Six-Sigma, and the launch of a Continuous Sustainable Improvement Plan (CSIP) that involves ATES’ customers in helping to improve the company’s performance and efficiency.

“Aeroflex is the first calibration and test equipment service company to be granted an SC21 award, and this reinforces our leading position in that market” commented Chris Eames, general manager of ATES. “We were sponsored for the award by Thales, one of our key asset management customers, and we have already seen huge benefits from the initiative in terms of employee morale as well as enhancements to the efficiency of the service that we deliver to our customers.”

ATES provides a full asset management service for Thales, assisting them in the procurement of new test and measurement equipment for both production and R&D, storing the equipment for them, keeping it calibrated, and allocating it to the different divisions of the company as required.

“The services that Aeroflex provide us with are important to the smooth running of our operations,” said Paul Egan, Thales UK Purchasing Manager. “Mentoring ATES through the SC21 process has resulted in high levels of performance which can be sustained in the long term, bringing important benefits to both companies.”

About Aeroflex Test Equipment Services
Aeroflex Test Equipment Services is the leading provider of calibration, repair and test equipment management services in the UK. Our comprehensive service organisation employs in excess of 120 people at key locations and provides tailored calibration, repair and value added equipment management services to over 2,000 customers around the UK.

About A|D|S
A|D|S is the national trade organisation dedicated to advancing the UK Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space industries globally. Farnborough International Limited (FIL), which runs the Farnborough International Airshow, is a wholly-owned subsidiary. A|D|S has offices in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, France and India with new offices planned in China and the Middle East. A|D|S was formed from the merger of the Association of Police and Public Security Suppliers (APPSS), the Defence Manufacturers Association (DMA) and the Society of British Aerospace Companies (SBAC) in October 2009. A|D|S also encompasses the British Aviation Group (BAG). Together with its regional partners, A|D|S represents over 2,600 companies. For further information see http://www.adsgroup.org.uk/. For more information about SC21 please go to http://www.adsgroup.org.uk/sc21.
About Aeroflex
Aeroflex Incorporated is a leading global provider of microelectronic components and test and measurement equipment used by companies in the space, avionics, defense, commercial wireless communications, medical and other markets.

All statements other than statements of historical fact included in this press release regarding Aeroflex’s business strategy and plans and objectives of its management for future operations are forward-looking statements. When used in this press release, words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend” and similar expressions, as they relate to Aeroflex or its management, identify forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are based on the current beliefs of Aeroflex’s management, as well as assumptions made by and information currently available to its management. Actual results could differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements as a result of certain factors, including but not limited to, competitive factors and pricing pressures, changes in legal and regulatory requirements, technological change or difficulties, product development risks, commercialisation difficulties and general economic conditions. Such statements reflect our current views with respect to the future and are subject to these and other risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Aeroflex does not undertake any obligation to update such forward-looking statements.

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