KWESST Micro Systems Inc (CVE:KWE) on Wednesday announced the successful completion of the second phase of three deliverables under a contract to support a US military customer, featuring the company's signature Tactical Awareness and Situational Control System.
The Ottawa-based military technology company on September 22 finished the first deliverable under a C$500,000 contract to provide the TASCS Integrated Fires Module (IFM) on mortars and the Augmented Weapon Sight (AWS), a system developed by AeroVironment Inc and KWESST to provide real-time situational awareness and targeting information.
“The second deliverable, just completed, incorporated customer feedback from the first phase to optimize TASCS operating procedures,” said the company.
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KWESST added that the results of phase one and two, now being summarized into a phase three report, confirm that the TASCS IFM achieves “greater accuracy and faster response times” on indirect fire systems like mortars, improving soldier survivability and operational effectiveness.
"We're encouraged that the results and user feedback from these live-fire exercises have further increased customer confidence in the TASCS system," said KWESST Founder and CEO Jeff MacLeod.
"We're pleased at the rapid pace as well as the outcome of these exercises, especially with such a key US military customer, who has now requested a proposal from the company for a next phase of expanded exercises to start in early 2021."
KWESST said contracted exercises like this with military customers are an “important phase” in the process towards potential introduction into service. The company also noted that at least two other NATO military customers have similar requirements, with demonstration contracts for the TASCS IFM system currently under consideration.
KWESST said TASCS is an app and snap-on weapon adaptor that streams situational awareness and targeting information from any source directly to soldiers' smart devices and their weapons systems for a leap ahead in safer and more effective engagement of adversaries.
IFM is the variant of TASCS that integrates this capability into many short-range and long-range weapons systems, including grenade launchers and mortars.
AWS utilizes the TASCS system to stream situational and targeting information from AeroVironment unmanned aerial vehicles directly to the TASCS display on soldiers' smart devices and weapons systems in real-time.
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