On Sept. 22, 2020, the company announced the completion of the first deliverable to provide real-time situational awareness and targeting information from a drone to ground forces and their mortar weapons systems. The second deliverable, just completed, incorporated customer feedback from the first phase to optimize TASCS operating procedures.
The results of phase 1 and 2, now being summarized into a phase 3 report, confirm that the TASCS IFM achieves greater accuracy and faster response times on indirect fire systems like mortars, improving soldier survivability and operational effectiveness.
“We’re encouraged that the results and user feedback from these live-fire exercises have further increased customer confidence in the TASCS system,” said Jeff MacLeod, Kwesst founder and chief executive officer, who added, “We’re pleased at the rapid pace as well as the outcome of these exercises, especially with such a key U.S. military customer, who has now requested a proposal from the company for a next phase of expanded exercises to start in early 2021.”
As stated in the company’s announcement of Sept. 22, 2020, contracted exercises like this with military customers are an important phase in the process toward potential introduction into service. The company also noted at the time that at least two other NATO military customers have similar requirements, with demonstration contracts for the TASCS IFM system currently under consideration.
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.