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Metal Storm Inc. Demonstrates Less Lethal Technology in Crowd Control Scenario

Category: Future Technologies

ARLINGTON, VA -- Metal Storm Limited is pleased to announce that Metal Storm Incorporated has successfully conducted a live fire demonstration of a Crowd Control system using Metal Storm stacked projectile technology.

The demonstration was performed under a Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) contract with the U.S. Army that began in January, 2006.

The demonstration was designed to display several technical objectives which included the development of a family of Less Lethal munitions with smart round features; development of an electronic fire control system with targeting and ranging; the acquisition of a man-machine interface; and the integration of the entire system with an Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV). Metal Storm met these objectives with an integrated weapon system that provides the operator with several options when responding to a domestic or Military Operations in Urban Terrain (MOUT) scenario.

The system was developed by Metal Storm working with several key technology partners including iRobot who supplied their Warrior UGV platform and TeleRobotics who specializes in networked remotely operated weapons systems.

Commenting on the demonstration, Peter D. Faulkner, Senior Vice President and General Manager for Metal Storm's U.S. Operations, said, "We see the Less Lethal arena as a significant growth market and one that adapts well with the Metal Storm stacked round technology. The Metal Storm system can be used with riot/crowd control, police actions or other situations where use of deadly force is unwarranted."

The event was attended by representatives from the U.S. Army, the Joint Non Lethal Weapons Directorate and the Fairfax County Virginia law enforcement Civil Disturbance Unit.

The Army's Program Manager for Metal Storm's SBIR Contract, Mr. Richard Joliffe, said, "I was pleased to witness the successful demonstration of the Metal Storm Crowd Control System. This demonstration prepares the way for further development, refinement and eventual commercialization of the Metal Storm Crowd Control System."

Lee Finniear, CEO of Metal Storm Limited, said, "The addition of a demonstrated Metal Storm less than lethal capability has significant positive implications across our entire range of weapon systems. 3GL, Redback and our custom configured weapon systems will now be able to offer both lethal and less lethal payloads, making the weapons more versatile in the complexity of modern combat and peacekeeping operations."

Metal Storm Inc. is aggressively marketing these demonstrated capabilities to the Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Military and Domestic Law Enforcement agencies.

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