SOURCE: Metal Storm Limited

November 13, 2008 22:24 ET

Metal Storm Completes US Marine Contract

ARLINGTON, VA--(Marketwire - November 13, 2008) - Metal Storm Limited (ASX: MST) (PINKSHEETS: MTSXY).

Defence technology specialist Metal Storm Limited has announced that Metal Storm Incorporated (MSI) has completed a key contract for the United States Marine Corps.

After a full and open acquisition process, MSI was one of two companies selected to participate in a Market Research Demonstration (MRD) for the US Marine Corps System Command's Mission Payload Module - Non Lethal Weapon System program.

The purpose of the MRD was to determine the maturity level of technology in the marketplace. Following the MRD, the U.S. Government plans to solicit proposals for the System Development and Demonstration Phase. Following this phase, the Government anticipates requesting proposals for production contracts.

The demonstration, using Metal Storm's FireStorm lightweight multi-barrel 40mm electronic weapon, was conducted at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Dahlgren, Virginia. To facilitate the assessment of the weapon, MSI was required to deliver the weapon system and ammunition to the US Navy in advance of the testing. MSI trained US Navy personnel to operate the FireStorm system, and the US Navy personnel carried out the demonstration firing.

During the MRD, the US Government collected performance data on the system accuracy and coverage area at ranges of 30 and 150 meters for two non-lethal munitions that were launched from Metal Storm's FireStorm weapons platform.

MSI General Manager, Peter D. Faulkner, said: "We are proud to have been selected to participate in the MRD and are looking forward to our continued involvement in the Mission Payload Module program as the Marine Corps acquisition process evolves. We believe our weapons platform will offer significant advantages in range, area coverage, precision, and scalability over current non-lethal weapon systems."

"The Mission Payload Module - Non-Lethal Weapons System will provide a non-lethal counter-personnel capability to support missions requiring crowd control and will deny, defend and control area access while allowing the user to engage threats at standoff ranges and protect non-combatants," Mr Faulkner said.

Follow-on increments will ultimately be integrated on other tactical vehicle platforms, unmanned ground vehicles, and Navy surface water vessels.

Notes:

Metal Storm's Australian Stock Exchange trading code: MST

Metal Storm's OTC ticker symbol: MTSXY

About Metal Storm

Metal Storm Limited is a multi-national defence technology company engaged in the development of electronically initiated ballistics systems using its unique "stacked projectile" technology. The company is headquartered in Brisbane, Australia and incorporated in Australia. Metal Storm Limited technology and products are represented in the USA by Metal Storm Inc., which has offices in Arlington, Virginia.

Metal Storm is working with government agencies and departments, as well as industry, to develop a variety of systems utilising the Metal Storm non-mechanical, electronically fired stacked ammunition system.

Metal Storm's weapon technology uses computer-controlled electronic ignition and a system of stacked projectiles, to achieve a completely non-mechanical gun that is very lightweight and compact, providing a very high firepower to weight ratio. The Metal Storm weapons system utilizes multiple barrels mounted together on one platform which allows varying munitions types to be deployed in a single, low cost, lightweight weapon system. Firing the weapons by electronic ignition requires no moving parts, allowing reliable long term unattended weapon operation.

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Contact Information

  • Company Contacts:

    Australia
    Dr Lee Finniear
    Chief Executive Officer
    Ph: +61 7 3123 4700

    USA
    Peter Faulkner
    SVP US Operations
    Ph: +1 703 248 8218