October 24, 2023 – Ottawa – KWESST Micro Systems Inc. (TSXV: KWE and KWE.WT.U; NASDAQ: KWE and KWESW); (“KWESST” or “the Company”) today announced that it has received Notice of Allowance for the Luxton Low Energy Cartridge (LEC) patent from the U.S. Patent Office (USPTO) and notification that the USPTO will issue the patent October 31st, 2023. The Company’s PARA OPS product line is based on the LEC patent (U.S. Patent Number 11,802,754).
LEC patent for PARA OPS
“This validates the highly innovative nature of the PARA OPS design”, said David Luxton, Executive Chairman of KWESST . “We expect it to provide meaningful protection as we bring the PARA OPS products to market. This is an important addition to our IP portfolio to build long term shareholder value.”
The LEC design is based on a munitions system consisting of a cartridge casing with a helical interior configuration and a matching exterior shape on the projectile which is typically a soft polymer. The combination spins the soft projectile for stability and accuracy over distance. The cartridge requires no gunpowder which would otherwise overpower and burst a soft projectile. The design eliminates the need to push the projectile through a rifled barrel which would compress and deform the projectile and slow its velocity. The only power source is a primer cap or similar energetic actuator in the rear of the cartridge case.
PARA OPS has been in limited production through the summer and early fall of 2023 to obtain selected user feedback. Based on very positive results the Company is now scaling up for full production with first sales expected in the current quarter.
KWESST (NASDAQ: KWE and KWESW) (TSXV: KWE) (FSE: 62U) develops and commercializes breakthrough next-generation tactical systems for military and security forces. The company’s current portfolio of offerings includes digitization of tactical forces for real-time shared situational awareness and targeting information from any source (including drones) streamed directly to users’ smart devices and weapons. Other KWESST products include countermeasures against threats such as electronic detection, lasers and drones. These systems can operate stand-alone or integrate seamlessly with OEM products and battlefield management systems, and all come integrated with TAK. The company also has a new proprietary non-lethal product line branded PARA OPSTM with application across all segments of the non-lethal market, including law enforcement. The Company is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, with operations in Stafford, VA and representative offices in London, UK and Abu Dhabi, UAE.
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KWESST deveops and commercializes high-value ultra-miniaturized technology applications that make a critical difference to the safety and operational effectiveness of personnel in the defence and security community. The company’s current portfolio of unique proprietary offerings include: its signature TASCS™ (Tactical and Situational Control System) for real-time awareness and targeting information from any source (including drones) streamed directly to users’ smart devices and weapons; the autonomous Grey Ghost™ kinetic impact missile system that defends against small hostile drones including swarms; a Ground Laser Defence system to counter the emerging threat of weaponized lasers against personnel; and, the Phantom™ Tactical Electronic Decoy to mask the electromagnetic signature of friendly forces with decoy “phantom” signatures at false locations to deceive and confuse adversaries. All systems can operate stand-alone or integrate seamlessly with OEM products and battlefield management systems including Frontline, Edge, Killswitch and ATAK (Android Tactical Assault Kit) among others. KWESST also has developmental “smart ordnance” projects including its “Shot Counter” system, which records the number and type of rounds fired, for optimized firearms maintenance and performance. The Company is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, with representative offices in Washington, DC, London, UK and Abu Dhabi, UAE.
The Company trades on the TSXV exchange under the symbol KWE. For more information please visit kwesst.com.