Metal Storm has been awarded a major production contract to supply 500 MAUL weapons and 50,000 rounds of non-lethal ammunition.
The contract, valued at US$3,365,000, has been placed by the Correctional Service of Papua New Guinea and was signed by the Minister of Correctional Service, the Honourable Tony Aimo MP and the Acting Correctional Service Commissioner Henry Wavik.
MAUL weapons will be deployed to Correctional Service Officers in charge of security at prison facilities throughout the country, providing non-lethal response capabilities that can be lifted to immediate lethal response if necessary.
Tony Aimo said that PNG Correctional Service saw the capacity of MAUL to deliver a rapid and escalating response as exactly what was necessary for security in PNG prisons.
“PNG is delighted to be able to source weapons at the leading edge of shotgun technology and we hope in due course to have about 1,500 of these weapons in service,” the Minister said.
He expects ratification of the urgent purchase through the usual government protocols shortly, and the first 50 weapons to be delivered by February 2011.
Metal Storm CEO Dr Lee Finniear said the production contract was a watershed for the company after many years of research, development and testing.
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