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Gilat Strengthens US Sales Efforts With Key Appointment of Michael Barthlow

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PETAH TIKVA, Israel, Oct. 17, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. (Nasdaq:GILT), a worldwide leader in satellite networking technology, solutions and services, today announced that it has appointed Michael Barthlow as General Manager for North America.

Previously, Michael served as VP Sales, Harris RF Communications for the Department of Defense and Federal Agencies where he led a team that delivered several hundred millions of dollars in annual orders for tactical and land mobile radio communications. He has also held executive business development and strategic capture positions with Northrop Grumman Mission Systems, working with major US defense agencies. As a US Marine Corps communications officer, Michael has served as a battalion S-6 in the Fleet Marine Force and as the Chief of Joint Theater Data Networks for US Central Command, during Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

"Michael brings to his new position a rich background in tactical communications - both through his impressive corporate track record and from his own military experience," said Brigadier General (Res.) Moshe Tamir, Gilat's Vice President of Defense and Security Division. "This combination of communications technology, knowledge of military applications, and a proven ability to deliver strong sales results will be a tremendous asset to the Company, strengthening our position with US defense system integrators, the US Department of Defense and other agencies and organizations."

Michael will be based in McLean, Virginia. Visitors to the upcoming MILCOM 2012 exhibition can meet Michael at the Gilat booth 1123, October 29 - November 1, at the Gaylord Palms Convention Center, Orlando, Florida.

About Gilat

Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd (Nasdaq:GILT) (TASE:GILT) is a leading provider of products and services for satellite-based broadband communications. Gilat develops and markets a wide range of high-performance satellite ground segment equipment and VSATs, with an increasing focus on the consumer and Ka-band market. In addition, Gilat enables mobile SOTM (Satellite-on-the-Move) solutions providing low-profile antennas, next generation solid-state power amplifiers and modems. Gilat also provides managed network and satellite-based services for rural telephony and Internet access via its subsidiaries in the United States, Peru and Colombia.

With over 25 years of experience, and over a million products shipped to more than 85 countries, Gilat has provided enterprises, service providers and operators with efficient and reliable satellite-based connectivity solutions, including cellular backhaul, banking, retail, e-government and rural communication networks. Gilat also enables leading defense, public security and news organizations to implement advanced, on-the-move tactical communications on board their land, air and sea fleets using Gilat's high-performance SOTM solutions. For more information, please visit us at www.gilat.com

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CONTACT: David Leichner Gilat Satellite Networks, LTD. +1 516 478 9697 davidle@gilat.com

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