Allen-Vanguard receives $7 million order for electronic counter-measures equipment from Commonwealth customer

    OTTAWA, April 1 /CNW Telbec/ - Allen-Vanguard Corporation (the "Company"
or "Allen-Vanguard") (TSX: VRS) of Ottawa, Canada today announced that it has
received an order for vehicle-mounted electronic counter-measures equipment
("ECM" or "jammers") valued at C$7 million for a Commonwealth customer. The
bulk of the order is scheduled for delivery in late fiscal 2009 and the
balance in early fiscal 2010.
    "This is an initial order pursuant to a contract amendment with further
exercisable options," said David E. Luxton, President and CEO. "We are pleased
at the continued confidence in our battle-proven counter-IED systems, and
proud to be supporting the vital mission of a key Commonwealth customer."

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adverse events affecting Allen-Vanguard and/or Tailwind, the ability of
Tailwind to satisfy the conditions to completion of the business combination
and those other risks and uncertainties detailed in Tailwind's filings with
the Securities and Exchange Commission.

    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 DefenderTM and VanguardTM 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 TritonTM 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
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For further information:

For further information: Robin Sundstrom, Allen-Vanguard Corporation,
(647) 822-8111,

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