KWESST Generates New Regional Opportunities at IDEX 2023

KWESST Generates New Regional Opportunities at IDEX 2023

02/27/2023 ottawa

Successes at biggest defense Expo in the Middle East accelerates KWESST’s MENA market development plan

February 27, 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 attendance at IDEX 2023, which wrapped up on February 24 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

“This was the biggest IDEX ever,” said David Luxton, Executive Chairman of KWESST. “And a place where real business gets done. As a result, we have some very specific opportunities in the Middle East and North Africa (“MENA”) region.”

Key business pursuits for the Company arising from IDEX include:

  • A digitization project to provide first responders with shared, real-time situational awareness in critical incident response – similar to the kind the Company is currently doing for Ground Search And Rescue (“GSAR”) under a contract for Public Safety Canada.
  • A digitization project to feed video footage directly to shipborne and ground personnel from airborne platforms conducting maritime patrol operations in the Gulf.
  • Potential application of KWESST’s digital Integrated Fires Module (“IFM”) on mobile 81 mm mortar systems for automated targeting of “shoot and scoot” operations
  • Equipping police and security forces in the MENA region with the Company’s new PARA OPS non-lethal system through distributors the Company met with.
  • Potential co-ventures with UAE defence technology agencies and financial partners, arranged through the Company’s investment bankers, Think Equity, New York.

“We thank and congratulate the Government of Ontario and the Canadian Embassy officials in Abu Dhabi who facilitated key meetings for KWESST,” said Luxton. “Without this kind of help, a company can waste a lot of time in foreign markets. With their assistance we accelerated our MENA market development plan, met with the right people, and expect to be formalizing commercial representation and partnership agreements in the coming weeks, some of them on near-term projects and opportunities.” Partnerships with local defence companies and agencies have taken on greater importance in the region, especially in the UAE as it builds out a preeminent defence industry of its own.

“We were also pleased to meet with potential UAE defence partners at a reception hosted by His Excellency Radha Krishna Panday, Ambassador of Canada to the UAE,” said Luxton. In attendance was General Rick Hillier (Retired), Canada’s former Chief of Defence Staff, who delivered inspiring remarks on the eve of the first anniversary of the war in Ukraine. General Hillier is leading the expansion of KWESST’s International Advisory Council of notable figures in the global defence community.

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KWESST (NASDAQ: KWE and KWESW) (TSXV: KWE) (FSE: 62U) 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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