updated 2/15/2011 7:16:11 AM ET 2011-02-15T12:16:11

WESTBOROUGH, Mass., Feb. 15, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Viking Systems, Inc. (OTCBB:VKNG), a leading worldwide developer, manufacturer and marketer of 3D and 2D visualization solutions for complex minimally invasive surgery, announces the Russian launch of its new Viking 3DHD Vision System at The XIV Russian Society of Endoscopic Surgeons Conference, in Moscow. The Conference takes place on February 16 – 18, 2011.

Viking's 3D Vision System will be demonstrated in a broadcast of a minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery at this conference, being held at the prestigious Vishnevsky Institute of Surgery of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences. More than 500 leading experts in endoscopic surgery from Russia, Commonwealth of Independent States ("CIS") countries and Europe are expected to be in attendance at the Conference.

Jed Kennedy, President and CEO of Viking Systems is scheduled to introduce the 3D broadcast. Kennedy commented, "We believe this conference will provide Viking with a powerful platform to launch our new 3DHD Vision System into the Russian marketplace, and to gain the attention of surgeons throughout the CIS and other European countries. The conference broadcast of the surgery using our 3D vision system is expected to demonstrate the many advantages that it has, its enhanced capabilities compared with 2D systems, and how it can improve the quality of patient care, while reducing procedure time and costs."

About Viking Systems, Inc.

Viking Systems, Inc. is a leading worldwide developer, manufacturer and marketer of 3D and 2D visualization solutions for complex minimally invasive surgery. It actively markets and sells the only stand alone, cost-effective 3D system for use in minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery. Viking partners with medical device companies and healthcare facilities to provide surgeons with proprietary visualization systems enabling minimally invasive surgical procedures, which reduce patient trauma and recovery time. Viking, through its OEM products business, also designs and manufactures surgical vision systems and components for several leading medical instrument companies worldwide.  For more information, please visit our website at www.vikingsystems.com .

This press release contains forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are estimates reflecting the best judgment of our management and involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those suggested by the forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements should, therefore, be considered in light of various important factors as described in our annual report on Form 10-K under the heading "Risk Factors" as updated from time to time by our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Statements concerning forecasts, revenue growth, profitability, production and shipment of units, future financial results, and statements using words such as "estimate", "project", "plan", "intend", "expect", "anticipate", "believe" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or release any revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this press release or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

CONTACT: Viking Systems, Inc.
         Robert Mathews, EVP & CFO
         508-366-3668 Ext. 8392
         Porter, LeVay & Rose, Inc.
         Linda Decker, VP - Investor Relations

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