DEW Teams with U.S. Based ArmorWorks - Establishes Canadian Production and Distribution for ArmorWorks' Products



    OTTAWA, April 25 /CNW Telbec/ - DEW Engineering and Development Limited
(DEW), a leading aerospace and defence specialist company, today announced
that a strategic partnership with ArmorWorks Enterprises, LLC (ArmorWorks) is
being formed for the production and distribution of ArmorWorks proven line of
proprietary vehicle survivability products in Canada, for sale to the
Department of National Defence and to major prime contractors for export sales
as part of Canadian Industrial Regional Benefits.
    "Teaming with DEW Engineering increases our global defense industry and
vehicle survivability presence and enables us to provide life saving
technology and products to the men and women of the Canadian military," said
Bill Perciballi, President and CEO of ArmorWorks. "We are excited that our
partnership will immediately broaden DEW's product offering. This partnership
expands distribution of ArmorWorks products to Canada and provides additional
production capacity to service vehicle protection markets worldwide."
    "DEW has always believed in strategic partnering with world class firms
and we are proud to team with ArmorWorks" says Timothy Dear, President DEW
Engineering. "The first of many projects we are focusing on is mine blast
attenuating seats. They are not in themselves a panacea against Improvised
Explosive Devices (IED), but when installed in the right vehicle with
ballistic, fragment and blast overpressure protection, they are the final link
to save lives. With ArmorWorks, DEW can now offer the complete survivability
package" said Tim Dear.

    About ArmorWorks

    ArmorWorks, founded in 1996, provides cutting-edge survivability
technology and products to military and enforcement agencies worldwide.
ArmorWorks develops and produces advanced armor and survivability products
using high-tech materials to provide state-of-the-art protection. ArmorWorks
newest product line, the Shockride(TM) family of energy absorbing seating
systems, are U.S. Government tested and approved to protect against spinal
injuries to troops exposed to mine blasts. For more information, visit
www.armorworks.com.

    About DEW Engineering

    Incorporated in 1978, DEW, a full service engineering and manufacturing
company, is recognized as a successful aerospace and defense specialist
company that continues to grow through strategic partnerships. DEW offers a
wide range of niche technology products and services through three business
units; Vehicle Re-life/re-role and Shelters, Crew and Vehicle protection and
Automated Passenger Loading Bridges. DEW has plants in Canada and the USA. For
more information, visit www.dewengineering.com

    BACKGROUNDER

    The Canadian Government is expected to release a Request for Proposal in
the near future for mine blast attenuating seats for armored vehicles serving
in Afghanistan and DEW will offer the proprietary ArmorWorks seats,
manufactured in Canada. The following photograph shows ArmorWorks          
Shockride(TM) seats being prepared for installation in a military vehicle.
    ArmorWorks survivability products include proprietary energy absorbing
seating systems, blast protection systems, a wide variety of body armor and
advanced armor to provide state-of-the-art vehicle protection. ArmorWorks'
vehicle armor systems are approved by the U.S. Government for application with
the U.S. Military's HMMWV, M915 and Mercedes tactical trucks. Their aircraft
armor is in service around the world as is their family of Ceramic Composite
body armor. DEW has offered it to The Boeing Company for the CH47 procurement
in Canada.
    In 2006, the Canadian government announced some $17 billion in
procurement and the Canada First Policy which calls for dollar for dollar
spending in Canada by the Prime Contractor for every dollar spent outside of
Canada. The DEW / ArmorWorks partnership allows DEW to offer high quality
offsets to major prime contractors such as Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Textron,
General Dynamics, Rheinmetall, Krauss-Maffei Weggman and all contenders for
the upcoming Medium Support Vehicle System truck program. "We are already
talking with several key US and European primes." says Timothy Dear,
President, DEW Engineering.

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For further information:

For further information: Bob Codney, ArmorWorks, (480) 598-5700,
rcodney@armorworks.com; Timothy A. Dear, P.Eng., DEW Engineering, (613)
736-5100 Ext 116, tdear@dewengineering.com

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