News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 5, 2008

For More Information Contact:
Susan Knight, Chief Financial Officer
952.937.4000

MTS Announces $25 Million Accelerated Share Purchase Program

Eden Prairie, Minn. – May 5, 2008 – MTS Systems Corporation (NASDAQ: MTSC) today announced that it has entered into an agreement with JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association (JPMorgan), to purchase $25 million of its common stock in an accelerated share purchase program. On April 28, 2008, the Company’s Board of Directors authorized up to $50 million of purchases under this program. As of today, the Company has approximately 3.2 million shares eligible for purchase. The Company will fund the transaction from cash on hand.

“At today’s prices, this share purchase program creates immediate value for our shareholders as we invest our cash to deliver attractive shareholder returns," said Laura B. Hamilton, CEO.

Under the terms of the agreement, MTS will purchase approximately 0.7 million shares immediately from JPMorgan, which will borrow the shares sold to the Company, and will purchase shares in the open market to settle its borrowings. The Company’s purchase is subject to, among other things, a financial adjustment based on the discounted volume-weighted average price of the shares subsequently purchased by JPMorgan over the course of the purchase period.

About MTS Systems Corporation

MTS Systems Corporation is a leading global supplier of test systems and industrial position sensors. The Company’s testing hardware and software solutions help customers accelerate and improve their design, development, and manufacturing processes and are used for determining the mechanical behavior of materials, products, and structures. MTS’ high-performance position sensors provide controls for a variety of industrial and vehicular applications. MTS had 1,618 employees and revenue of $421 million for the fiscal year ended September 29, 2007. Additional information on MTS can be found on the worldwide web at http://www.mts.com

This release contains “forward-looking statements” made pursuant to the safe harbor provision of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, as well as assumptions, that could cause actual results to differ materially from historical results and those presently anticipated or projected. The Company does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. In addition to the factors discussed above, other important risk factors are delineated in the Company’s most recent SEC Form 10-Q and 10-K filings.