Arotech Receives Over $10 Million in Follow on Orders for Davids and Aircraft Armor
MDT Armor Exhibits New Tiger Vehicle at Eurosatory, France
ANN ARBOR, MI -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 06/14/10 -- Arotech Corporation (NASDAQ: ARTX), a provider of quality defense and security products for the military, law enforcement and security markets, announced today that its Armor Division has received orders valued at more than $10 million for its David Light Armored Vehicles and armor for various aircraft. With these orders, Arotech's backlog stands at more than $45 million.
MDT Armor is exhibiting at the Eurosatory Defense show in Paris this week. MDT is launching its new Tiger armored vehicle in booth D681 in Hall 6. The Tiger is mine and blast protected, with various add-on armor options, including reactive armor. Its 5 doors and a roof hatch offer easy loading and unloading of soldiers and equipment. The wide and spacious cabin, with its large payload capacity, can be tailored to many missions.
The new Tiger vehicle is based on a commercial Dodge RAM 5500 truck chassis, and has a powerful Cummins 350 HP diesel engine, large wheels, and a 127" wheel base offering exceptional all terrain capabilities. The advanced suspension system ensures a comfortable ride for the crew. The 8.8 ton GVWR allows -- with a standard armor package -- for a 1.5 ton payload, or 6 passengers plus 900 kg of equipment. The add-on armor panels can be removed, repaired, replaced or upgraded. An optional upgrade to a 10.4 ton GVWR allows for an improved armor suite, including reactive armor defeating RPG rockets and EFP charges.
MDT's veteran David vehicle is a lightweight armored vehicle based on a Land Rover heavy duty Defender platform. The David has been selected by the Israel Defense Force (IDF) as its standard armored reconnaissance and patrol vehicle, and is operating hundreds of them already.
The David has resisted numerous terror attacks, withstanding assault weapons and various explosive devices, saving the lives of its occupants.
"This is another major order for MDT," said Robert Ehrlich, Arotech's Chairman and CEO. "The David has proven itself both in battlefield operations and as a strong product line for the Armor Group."
About Arotech's Armor Division
Arotech's Armor Division is an innovative leader in lightweight armoring for vehicles, aircraft and their operators. The Armor Division has years of battlefield and commercial protection experience and has provided life saving protection under the most extreme conditions.
About Arotech Corporation
Arotech Corporation is a leading provider of quality defense and security products for the military, law enforcement and homeland security markets. Arotech provides multimedia interactive simulators/trainers, lightweight armoring and advanced zinc-air and lithium batteries and chargers. Arotech operates through three major business divisions: Armor, Training and Simulation, and Batteries and Power Systems.
Arotech is incorporated in Delaware, with corporate offices in Ann Arbor, Michigan and research, development and production subsidiaries in Alabama, Michigan and Israel.
Except for the historical information herein, the matters discussed in this news release include forward-looking statements, as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including the effect of any share repurchases by Arotech. Forward-looking statements reflect management's current knowledge, assumptions, judgment and expectations regarding future performance or events. Although management believes that the expectations reflected in such statements are reasonable, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, as they are subject to various risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to vary materially. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, risks relating to: product and technology development; the uncertainty of the market for Arotech's products; changing economic conditions; delay, cancellation or non-renewal, in whole or in part, of contracts or of purchase orders; dilution resulting from issuances of Arotech's common stock upon conversion or payment of its outstanding convertible debt, which would be increasingly dilutive if and to the extent that the market price of Arotech's stock decreases; and other risk factors detailed in Arotech's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2009 and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Arotech assumes no obligation to update the information in this release. Reference to the Company's website above does not constitute incorporation of any of the information thereon into this press release.
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