Company plans comprehensive update on global opportunities and progress before Annual General Meeting scheduled for March 31, 2023
March 17th, 2023 – Ottawa – KWESST Micro Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: KWE, KWESW) (TSXV: KWE) (FSE: 62UA) (“the Company” or “KWESST”), a developer of next-generation tactical systems for military, security, and personal defense markets, today reported on the highlights of its presentation at the Future Soldier Technology conference (the “Conference”) and its subsequent meetings with military agencies and major defense contractors in the United Kingdom (UK), March 6th – 14th 2023.
KWESST presented its digitization and counter-threat capabilities to more than a dozen European countries at the Future Soldier Technology conference March 6th-8th in London, UK, the largest gathering of its kind focused on soldier modernization.
Following the Conference, the Company was invited to meet over several days with various military end-users and defence manufacturers for separate briefings and to discuss specific projects which the Company believes could translate into additional business in 2023.
KWESST’s Executive Chairman, David Luxton, who led the Company delegation commented, “The standout feature of the Conference and these meetings was the commonality and pace at which all countries are seeking to achieve digitization of soldier systems and counter-threat solutions directly aligned with our offerings. The European focus is clearly converging on the use of digital technology to make the soldier safer and more effective on the modern battlefield. As well, at the Conference threats like lasers and electronic detection were forecast to worsen and become a persistent feature of modern warfare.”
Virtually every country at the Conference spoke of accelerating the roll-out of soldier modernization as a high priority, and to do so in small, iterative phases in a learn-as-you-go approach. “These kinds of projects play directly to our sweet spot,” said Luxton, “which is to provide customers with meaningful incremental capability today, leading to larger scale capability tomorrow.” He added, “we’re excited not only at the prospects with European military customers but also with defence companies we met with who expressed interest in our laser defence and electronic decoy technology. One such company is already a partner in an initial contract we are fulfilling for a NATO military customer. We will now be pursuing additional opportunities which could include potential license and supply of these technologies.
Specific areas of interest and opportunity pursuit include:
While in the UK, KWESST also took the opportunity to follow up with a UK government agency that had previously expressed interest in the Company’s non-lethal PARA OPS technology. KWESST expects to shortly confirm the appointment of a leading UK representative organization for this product line and to ship first samples for evaluation.
The Company noted that it plans to provide a comprehensive update on global opportunities and progress in advance of its Annual General Meeting (“AGM”) of shareholders scheduled for March 31st, 2023.
To learn more about KWESST, watch an interview with the Company’s Executive Chairman at: https://youtu.be/jLe6cjRhXD4
KWESST (NASDAQ: KWE and KWESW) (TSXV: KWE) (FSE: 62U) develops and commercializes breakthrough next-generation tactical systems designed to meet the requirements of military and security forces for overmatch capability against adversaries. The company’s current portfolio of unique proprietary offerings includes its unique non-lethal PARA OPSTM system with application across all segments of the non-lethal market, including law enforcement and personal defense. KWESST is also engaged in the digitization of tactical forces for shared situational awareness and targeting with 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. Other KWESST products include countermeasures against threats such as electronic detection, lasers and drones. These systems can operate stand-alone or integrated seamlessly with OEM products and battlefield management systems including ATAK. 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.