KWESST expects to take first orders for PARA OPS Professional Series products
for evaluation by more than two dozen law enforcement agencies
January 30, 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 the 2023 SHOT SHOW where the Company’s new PARA OPS products and its ARWEN non-lethal launcher were showcased, January 17-20 in Las Vegas.
“The purpose of exhibiting was to introduce our “Professional Series” of PARA OPS products and our ARWEN 37mm launchers for law enforcement and government agencies, and to hold strategic meetings with potential industry partners,” said Jeff MacLeod, Founder and President of KWESST. “Results exceeded expectations on all counts, and we are excited at the potential of our non-lethal products for 2023”.
Live-fire demonstrations of all products were conducted on RANGE DAY, and were featured in the New Product Showcase. A short video clip of the firing demonstration and visitors to the KWESST booth can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1iTnkI3TsU
Former Chief of the U.S. Capitol Police, Steven Sund, was on hand at the KWESST booth signing copies of his recent book, Courage Under Fire, a first-hand account of the storming of the Capitol on January 6, 2021.
The Company believes that as a result of interest at the Show it expects to shortly be taking first orders of its PARA OPS Professional Series products for evaluation by more than two dozen law enforcement agencies large and small across the U.S., some of them key opinion-makers, and from representatives in more than a dozen countries in Latin American (LATAM), the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. The global non-lethal weapons market was approximately $7.4 billion in 2020 and is projected to reach $12.5 billion in 2028, growing at a 7.4% compound annual growth rate. (Allied Market Research – https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/non-lethal-weapons-market).
“Over and over we heard the same message from visitors about our PARA OPS Professional Series products: namely, that our patent-pending Low Energy Cartridge (LEC) technology solves the problem of high-energy “less-lethal” systems like rubber bullets, riot munitions, bean bag and baton shotgun cartridges and even Tasers, all of which can be lethal and have a history of many fatalities, as well as the problem of air gun systems which are high-maintenance and can be unreliable. The LEC system, branded as PARA OPS, provides the reliability of a cartridge actuated system but with a safer, reduced energy and no gunpowder, and soft polymer projectiles in a variety of payloads for any non-lethal mission.
First products are now in production at our outsourced manufacturing facility in North Carolina, with volume production by other manufacturing partners scheduled for this summer.
“At SHOT Show 2023 we also had the opportunity to continue discussions with strategic industry partners, including firearms manufacturers interested in producing PARA OPS firing platforms and selling them and PARA Ops cartridges, through their global distribution network,” said MacLeod. One such example at the SHOW was a PARA OPS shotgun from a well- known international manufacturer. “We expect more of these industry partnerships to mature through 2023 and beyond, which will add a very significant multiplier effect for global market reach,” added MacLeod.
The Company added that it has also been invited to demonstrate and brief its ARWEN 37mm launcher system two symposiums this year to highlight the effectiveness of the ARWEN platform for crowd control and for SWAT teams conducting high-risk arrests. Both events take place this Spring in the Los Angeles and San Antonio areas and will be attended by Law Enforcement and Correctional Officers from across North America who are seeking effective solutions to ending violet encounters peacefully and safely. The ARWEN 37mm regularly makes news for safely ending such confrontations, including at the truckers’ blockade in Ottawa, Canada in the winter of 2022.
Separately, the Company has filed its audited consolidated financial statements and related management discussion & analysis for the year ended September 30, 2022, under the Company’s profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. Additionally, the Company has filed its Annual Report on Form 20-F under the Company’s profile on EDGAR at www.sec.gov as well as on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. Lastly, the Company wishes to correct the expiry date for the Underwriter Warrants issued in the U.S. IPO in its news release on December 9, 2022. These Underwriter Warrants will expire on December 6, 2027, rather than on December 4, 2027.
To learn more about KWESST, watch an interview with the Company’s Executive Chairman: https://youtu.be/jLe6cjRhXD4
KWESST (NASDAQ: KWE and KWESW) (TSXV: KWE) (FSE: 62UA) develops and commercializes breakthrough next-generation tactical systems that meet the requirements of security forces and personal defense 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 integrate seamlessly with OEM products and battlefield management systems, and all come integrated with 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.