QinetiQ North America’s Gunfire Detection System Selected by French Ministry of Defense

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SWATS® Now Available to NATO Nations’ Armed Forces for Online Purchase

SWATS is quickly becoming the global standard for wearable gunfire detection.

QinetiQ North America today announced that the French Ministry of Defense (MoD) has selected its SWATS® (Shoulder-Worn Acoustic Targeting System) as their solution for individual gunfire detection systems. The French MoD placed an initial order for 250 SWATS systems through the NATO Maintenance and Supply Agency (NAMSA). SWATS is now available as a catalog item on a NAMSA eCat I contract, and Armed Forces from all NATO nations that are members of the Commit Partnership can purchase SWATS online through NAMSA’s web-based procurement system.

Part of QinetiQ North America’s suite of survivability products and solutions, SWATS is a rugged, field-proven system that can detect the origin of incoming fire in less than one second to minimize casualties and help defeat unseen threats.

"Our expansion into the European market shows that SWATS is quickly becoming the global standard for wearable gunfire detection,” said QinetiQ North America’s Technology Solutions Group President JD Crouch. “With over 16,000 units sold, and thousands of systems deployed in theater since 2007, SWATS is a proven system that has saved the lives of US warfighters in both Iraq and Afghanistan.”

Developed as a wearable solution within QinetiQ’s EARS® acoustic sensor program, SWATS provides the warfighter with the information necessary to quickly locate and defeat hidden enemy threats.

QinetiQ North America’s Technology Solutions Group is an industry leader in survivability technology. Survivability solutions include comprehensive armor, blast protection, integrated warrior systems and gunfire detection systems that are scalable for use in fixed-site, mobile, vehicle-mounted or wearable applications.

For more information about QinetiQ North America’s survivability technology, visit http://www.QinetiQ-NA.com or follow us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/survivability or Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/qinetiqsurvival.

About QinetiQ North America
QinetiQ North America (QNA) is a subsidiary of QinetiQ Group plc, the FTSE250 company listed on the London Stock Exchange. Operating in North America, QNA delivers world-class technology, responsive services, and innovative solutions for global markets, focusing on US government and commercial customers. Its engineers, scientists and other professionals deliver high quality products and services that leverage detailed mission knowledge and proven, reliable tools and methodologies to meet the rapidly changing demands of national defense, homeland security and information assurance customers. QNA is headquartered in McLean, Virginia. For more information visit http://www.QinetiQ-NA.com.

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Jennifer Pickett
QinetiQ North America
Technology Solutions Group
(m) 703.217.7781

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