Dave Ibbetson Joins KWESST as Strategic Advisor

Dave Ibbetson Joins KWESST as Strategic Advisor

02/02/2024 ottawa

Former General Manager of General Dynamics Mission Systems International to Provide Strategic Defence Advisory to KWESST

February 2, 2024 – Ottawa, Ontario – KWESST Micro Systems Inc. (TSXV: KWE) (TSXV: KWE.WT.U) (NASDAQ: KWE) (NASDAQ: KWESW) (“KWESST” or “the Company”) today announced that Dave Ibbetson, former General Manager of General Dynamics C4 Systems International, and General Dynamics Mission Systems International (“GDMS”) has been engaged as a Strategic Defence Advisor.

Mr. Ibbetson, with more than 30 years in the Aerospace and Defence Industry, spent 25 years with General Dynamics where he served in progressively senior executive roles delivering major Canadian programs such Land C4ISR, CH-148 Cyclone and CP-140 Aurora Integrated Mission System and exporting products and systems into the US, Europe, South America and The Middle East. During his tenure with GD Mission Systems Dave spent 8 years leading GDMS international portfolio of businesses with operations in Canada, UK, Italy, Turkey and the Middle East. “I’m excited to be joining the energetic team at KWESST at an exciting time for the Company and our industry. Digitization and integration of the battle space will continue to drive the operational advantage our forces rely upon for mission success and survivability. SME’s like KWESST bring innovation and agility to bear in that solution space.”

“Dave brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and energy to the Company,” said Sean Homuth, President and CEO of KWESST. “His experience leading a global defence organization will be invaluable to us as we continue to execute on our strategy of winning and delivering on large defence programs”, added Homuth, “I’m thrilled to have attracted his support to our growing team and look forward to achieving great outcomes together.”


KWESST (NASDAQ: KWE) (NASDAQ: KWESW) (TSXV: KWE) (FSE: 62UA) 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 representative offices in London, UK and Abu Dhabi, UAE.

For more information, please visit https://kwesst.com/.

David Luxton, Executive Chairman: luxton@kwesst.com
Sean Homuth, President and CEO: homuth@kwesst.com
Jason Frame, Investor Relations: frame@kwesst.com 587.225.2599

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