January 14, 2022 arwenlesslethal

December 16th, 2021 – KWESST Micro Systems Inc. (TSXV : KWE and OTCQB: KWEMF) (“KWESST” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has completed the acquisition of Police Ordnance Company Inc. (“POC”) and its ARWEN less-lethal product line (the “Acquisition”).

Located in Bowmanville, Ontario, with ancillary operations in Florida, POC owns all of the patents and trademarks to the ARWEN product line of less-lethal launchers, and a proprietary line of 37 mm less-lethal cartridges designed for riot control and tactical teams. The company has law enforcement customers across Canada, the U.S. and abroad.

“ARWEN is a highly respected brand in the industry, with under-exploited potential for global expansion under KWESST ownership,” said Jeff MacLeod, Founder, President and CEO of KWESST. “We look forward to expanding sales and customer supporter. Greg Sullivan and Glen Turpin, current executives at ARWEN are staying with the company to lead the expansion of that part of KWESST’s business.”

Terms of the transaction

In consideration for the Acquisition, KWESST issued to the vendors 277,576 common shares (the “Shares”), for an aggregate purchase price of $458,000, along with the issuance of 200,000 common share purchase of warrants of KWESST (“Warrants”) to the shareholders of POC. Each Warrant shall entitle the holders to acquire one common share of KWESST (the “Warrant Shares”) for a period of 36 months at an exercise price of $1.72 per common share.

Upon fulfilment of certain financial milestones, KWESST may issue an additional 62,500 common shares for maximum additional consideration of $100,000. All of the Shares, Warrants and Warrant Shares, if issued, are subject to a four-month hold period from their date of issuance.

About ARWEN and POC

ARWEN is an acronym for “Anti Riot Weapon ENfield” and was originally developed by Royal Ordnance in the U.K before being eventually acquired by POC. ARWEN products are used by law enforcement across North America and internationally.

ARWEN is a 37mm less lethal system which is based off two firing platforms, a multi-shot launcher and a single shot launcher, both with multiple versions. ARWEN’s full line of munitions cover the range from impact to chemical rounds and has proven highly effective in any dynamic situation to bring a safe conclusion to a potentially violent incident.

To learn more about Arwen, please watch this short video: https://vimeo.com/537635456

About KWESST

KWESST 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 include its unique non-lethal Low Energy Cartridge (LEC) system with application across all segments of the non-lethal market, including law enforcement and personal defence. KWESST is also involved in the digitization of tactical forces for shared situational awareness and targeting with its signature TASCSTM (Tactical Awareness 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 counter-measures against threats such as drones, lasers and electronic detection. These include the autonomous GreyGhostTM soldier-portable micro drone missile system that defends against small hostile drones including swarms using high-speed kinetic impact; a Ground Laser Defence system to counter the emerging threat of weaponized lasers against personnel and the PhantomTM electronic battlefield decoy system to mask the electromagnetic signature of friendly forces with decoy signatures at false locations to deceive and confuse adversaries. These systems can operate stand-alone or integrate seamlessly with OEM products and battlefield management systems. The Company is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, with representative offices in Washington, DC, London, UK and Abu Dhabi, UAE. KWESST trades on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol KWE and on the U.S. OTCQB under the symbol KWEMF.



November 17, 2020 arwenlesslethal

This article is from an original publication by CBC News on November 10, 2020

Original article can be found here.

Greater Sudbury Police received the request in June and it is still being reviewed

 

Sudbury police officers are asking for a new type of weapon they say will save lives.

It’s a launcher that fires rubber bullets, which police could use in tense situations instead of reaching for their guns.

“It’s like being hit with a 150 mile an hour slap shot,” says Sudbury Police Association president Randy Buchowski.

It looks and sounds like a gun and can fire a golfball-sized rubber projectile as far as 50 metres

 

Buchowski says it allows officers to disarm someone at a distance without using deadly force.

Two years ago, Sudbury police shot and wounded a knife wielding man in the downtown transit terminal, with some bystanders getting hit by shrapnel.

It later came out in court that the man went to the bus station that day intending to commit “suicide by police.”

Buchowski says if officers were equipped that day with one of these launchers, often known by the brand name Arwen, they could have taken the suspect down much more quickly and safely.

 

 

“No officer goes to the work and says ‘I want to shoot somebody’, people go to work saying ‘I want to help somebody,'” he says.

“Taking someone’s life affects the officer for the rest of their life and many don’t recover. So having this option, we can save a life there and also save the life of the officer.”

Stephanie Lefebvre, the director of programming and planning with the Sudbury branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association, says she applauds the police association in looking for non-lethal options.

She says work is underway to create mobile mental health response teams in the north, which would aim to disarm someone in distress with conversation instead of confrontation.

 

 

“I don’t think it’s looking at one or the other,” says Lefebvre.

“I think police should have non-lethal options available to them, however that is still far down the line in preferred response.”

Buchowski said the association made this request in June, estimating that it could cost about $5,000 to purchase a launcher for each patrol sergeant’s cruiser.

 

 

“We might be the first ones in Ontario. We could be pioneering it here, which would be amazing,” he says.

“Because the only time we get change is tragedy brings change. And this is the one time we want to be ahead of the curve.”

Greater Sudbury Police declined an interview, but said in a statement that the request is being reviewed by its equipment and clothing committee.

“De-escalation continues to be the most effective tool that forms our response to persons in mental crisis,” reads the statement.