SOURCE: American Defense Systems, Inc.

American Defense Systems, Inc.

October 01, 2009 08:30 ET

ADSI's Portable Transparent Ballistic Shield Receives Highest Ratings by the National Tactical Officers Association

HICKSVILLE, NY--(Marketwire - October 1, 2009) - A unique Portable Transparent Ballistic Shield offered by American Defense Systems, Inc. (ADSI) (NYSE Amex: EAG), a leading provider of advanced transparent and opaque armor, architectural hardening and security products for Defense and Homeland Security, has received the recommendation by the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) and its highest rating for design, quality, and durability.

The NTOA member-tested and recommendation program is designed as a service to assist the association's membership in selecting the best products available to the tactical community.

Following a field reevaluation by members of the law enforcement community, the NTOA determined ADSI's portable transparent ballistic shield "exceeded the advertised specifications on a regular basis and outperformed others in usefulness and quality of workmanship." This NTOA review will soon be published in The Tactical Edge journal and on the online database at www.ntoa.org/mtp/public/list.php.

"All of our personnel agreed that this would be an excellent tool to effect a downed officer rescue," said one of the evaluating police officers. "The ballistic protection would allow a team to simply roll up to a position to effect a rescue."

The shield provides 72" x 30" of Level IV NIJ relatively lightweight ballistic protection and incorporates hydraulic or manual controls which allow for easy maneuverability. Its complete head-to-toe ballistic coverage is ideally suited for SWAT or hostage negotiation teams.

"Another scenario where this would be useful is the active school shooter," the officer noted. "This shield would allow a team to roll right down a hallway towards a threat. To have one of these pre-positioned within a large high school or middle school would definitely give a team the edge when moving to the threat. Given the weight of the shield, its forward momentum would easily overcome the impact of bullet impacts and allow a team to continue its rush forward."

While the ADSI shield received the NTOA's highest scores for design, quality, and durability, because the test unit was equipped with ADSI's strongest and heaviest level of transparent protection capable of stopping a high-powered assault rifle at close range, it received above average ratings for size, versatility and application. However, the shield can be customized at the factory and accessorized in the field to meet particular needs or applications. For example, it can be outfitted with lighter transparent protection suitable for more common threats, like handguns, as well as side mounted shields for more complete protection all around.

ADSI's chief executive officer, Anthony J. Piscitelli, commented: "This very prestigious award by a leading and highly respected law enforcement organization is a strong affirmation of the highly quality of design and craftsmanship we provide. We believe it reflects our dedication to providing our brave first responders with the highest level of protection as they perform their noble task of preserving lives and enforcing the law."

The shield will be on display at the ADSI booth at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Ninth Annual Conference being held in Denver, Colorado on October 4-6, 2009 (www.theiacpconference.org). More information about ADSI's Portable Transparent Shield is available online at http://adsi-armor.com/lawenforcement.html.

About American Defense Systems

American Defense Systems, Inc. (ADSI) offers advanced solutions in the design, fabrication, and installation of transparent and opaque armor, security doors, windows and curtain wall systems for use by military, law enforcement, homeland defense and corporate customers. ADSI engineers also specialize in developing innovative, functional and aesthetically pleasing security applications for mobile and fixed infrastructure physical security. For more information about American Defense Systems, go to www.adsiarmor.com.

Some of the statements made by American Defense Systems, Inc. ("ADSI") in this press release, including, without limitation, statements regarding ADSI's anticipated future growth, are forward-looking in nature. ADSI intends that any forward-looking statements shall be covered by the safe harbor provisions for such statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements that are predictive in nature, that depend upon or refer to future events or conditions, or that include words such as "may," "will," "should," "expects," "anticipates," "intends," "plans," "believes," "estimates," "predicts," "potential," "continues" and similar expressions are forward-looking statements. ADSI cautions you that forward-looking statements are not guarantees of performance. ADSI undertakes no obligation and disclaims any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause ADSI's actual future results to differ materially from those projected or contemplated in the forward-looking statements. ADSI believes that these risks include, but are not limited to: ADSI's reliance on the U.S. government for a substantial amount of its sales and growth; decreases in U.S. government defense spending; ADSI's ability to contract further with the U.S. Department of Defense; ADSI's ability to comply with complex procurement laws and regulations; competition and other risks associated with the U.S. government bidding process; changes in the U.S. government's procurement practices; ADSI's ability to obtain and maintain required security clearances; ADSI's ability to realize the full amount of revenues reflected in its backlog; ADSI's ability to finance the redemption of its series A convertible preferred stock in accordance with the terms of such stock and ADSI's settlement agreement with the holders of such stock; ADSI's reliance on certain suppliers; and intense competition and other risks associated with the defense industry in general and the security-related defense sector in particular. Additional information concerning these and other important risk factors can be found under the heading "Risk Factors" in ADSI's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, without limitation, its most recent annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly report on Form 10-Q, and its registration statement on Form S-1 filed with the SEC on August 6, 2009. Statements in this press release should be evaluated in light of these important factors.

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