Allen Vanguard announces next-generation Electronic Countermeasures (ECM) system

    - National security force selects Allen-Vanguard's new technology
    - Defense electronics firms express interest in licensing, co-ventures

    OTTAWA, Jan. 28 /CNW Telbec/ - Allen-Vanguard Corporation (the "Company"
or "Allen-Vanguard") (TSX:VRS) of Ottawa, Canada announced today the release
of its next-generation Electronic Countermeasures (ECM) system. The Company
also announced an immediate first order for a limited quantity from an
unspecified national security agency in North America.
    "We believe this is a leap ahead in ECM technology and we are excited at
the immediate take-up by a respected agency following extensive competitive
evaluation," said David E. Luxton, President and CEO. The Company did not
disclose details of the customer or contract for security and competitive
    Allen-Vanguard provided the following limited information regarding the
new technology, and stated that it would provide further details to authorized
military and security agencies and prospective partners.

    - The new platform is a hybrid multi-function system with next-generation
      radio frequency sensing and unmatched jamming (ESM/ECM) protection
      against radio controlled improvised explosive devices (RCIEDs), while
      operating seamlessly with communications systems of all types.

    - Its multi-role capability is fully networkable, with open software-
      definable architecture, and approaches the standards set by several
      large military development programs years in advance of their projected
      in-service dates.

    - The system also provides C4I compatibility, which enables it to co-
      exist with users' communications, command and control systems.

    - The system's modular and adaptive open architecture provides a future-
      proof capability that program managers seek and increasingly expect.

    - The system's user-definable software and scalable hardware
      configuration enable users to meet both current and emerging, unknown

    "This has the potential to reshape the landscape of ECM technology for
the mission-critical needs of the modern warfighter and security forces
worldwide," said Mr. Luxton. "It is the result of our deep understanding of
the RCIED threat and our advanced ECM technology innovation, and we are very
pleased to bring to market today a capability that meets and anticipates the
needs of users long into the future for frequency spectrum dominance - and
    The Company stated that it is in discussions with major defense
electronics companies with a potential interest in licensing or co-venturing
the exploitation of this new technology. "This has the potential to catalyze a
shift in the long-term business model of our Electronic Systems business as we
contemplate the range of applications of this technology in the defense
electronics industry," concluded Mr. Luxton.

    Forward looking statements

    This press release may contain forward-looking statements, which reflect
Allen-Vanguard's current expectations regarding future events, its strategy,
expected performance and condition. Forward-looking statements include
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performance, strategies or prospects, and possible future acquisitions or
dispositions, is also a forward-looking statement. Forward-looking statements
are based on current expectations and projections about future events and are
inherently subject to, among other things, risks, uncertainties and
assumptions about the Company and economic factors. Forward-looking statements
are not promises or guarantees of future performance, and actual events and
results could differ materially from those expressed or implied in any
forward-looking statements made about the Company. Any number of important
factors could contribute to these digressions, including, but not limited to,
general economic, political and market factors in North America and
internationally, interest and foreign exchange rates, global equity and
capital markets, business competition, technological change, changes in
government regulations, unexpected judicial or regulatory proceedings, and
catastrophic events. We stress that the above-mentioned list of important
factors is not exhaustive. We encourage you to consider these and other
factors carefully before making any investment decision and we urge you to
avoid placing undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Further, you
should be aware that the Company disclaims any obligation to publicly update
or revise any such forward-looking statements whether as a result of new
information, future events or otherwise, prior to the release of the next
Management Discussion and Analysis to be released by the Company or except as
required by law.

    About Allen-Vanguard

    Allen-Vanguard Corporation supports the mission of military and homeland
security forces around the world with leading proprietary solutions for
protection and counter-measures against hazardous devices of all kinds,
whether chemical, biological, radiological or explosive (CBRNE), including
improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and remotely controlled IEDs (RCIEDs).
Allen-Vanguard equipment is in service in more than 120 countries. Products
include Electronic Counter-Measures ("ECM") equipment for jamming remote
detonation of terrorist devices, specialty security equipment for Explosive
Ordnance Disposal ("EOD"), remote intervention robots for hazardous
applications, and personal protective wear for use in dealing with explosive
and bio-chemical agents. Allen-Vanguard is the developer and/or sole,
worldwide licensee of proprietary technologies such as the Med-Eng bomb suit,
the Defender(TM) and Vanguard(TM) Mk2 bomb disposal robots, and the Universal
Containment System and CASCAD Foam system for blast mitigation and
decontamination of bio-chemical warfare agents. Professional services
encompass counter-IED intelligence, training and advisory services, including
the Triton(TM) Report on terrorist incidents around the world. The Company
operates globally through its wholly-owned subsidiaries under the names
"Allen-Vanguard", "Med-Eng" and "Hazard Management Solutions". Head office
operations are located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, with manufacturing
operations in Stoney Creek and Pembroke, Ontario; Ogdensburg, New York;
Tewkesbury, U.K.; and Cork, Ireland; The Company has professional services
operations in Shrivenham, UK, Canada and in the U.S. in Arlington, Virginia,
plus sales offices in Canada, the U.S., the U.K. and Asia. Allen-Vanguard's
shares are listed on The Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) under the symbol "VRS".

    To find out more about Allen-Vanguard Corporation (TSX: VRS), visit our
website at

For further information:

For further information: David Luxton, (613) 288-5555; For ECM product
information: Bonnie Tang, (613) 288-5596

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