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NIITEK® Awarded Australian Handheld Dual Sensor Contract

On March 3, 2014, NIITEK®, Inc., a subsidiary of Chemring Sensors & Electronics Systems (CSES), part of Chemring Group PLC ("Chemring"), in partnership with Minelab Australia was awarded the Australian Defence Capability Group’s Rapid Prototyping, Development & Evaluation (RPDE) Task 54 Counter Improvised Explosive Device (CIED) handheld Device Detector prototype program with the GROUNDSHARK handheld dual sensor.

The commercially available GROUNDSHARK Dual Sensor Handheld Detector is based on NIITEK’s superior Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) and Minelab Electronics’ advanced Metal Detector (MD). The GROUNDSHARK combines two complimentary sensors into a buried object detection system, identifying and visualizing subsurface metallic and non-metallic objects for use in a variety of tasks for soldiers, civilians and EOD personnel. GROUNDSHARK is the newest product of NIITEK’s battle-proven GPR technology and is derived from the Husky Mounted Detection System (HMDS), currently fielded by the US Army and US Marine Corps, Canadian, Australian, Spanish, Italian, and Turkish Armies. Coupling CSES’s leading GPR technology with Minelab’s internationally proven and highly renowned metal detection systems has yielded the most technically sound and user-friendly dual sensor handheld detector on the market. “We are excited to be partnered with Minelab,” stated Tom Thebes, President with CSES. “We will be leveraging our common history of innovation and rapid development to provide the soldier a premier dual sensor capability that is packaged into an easy-to-train, lightweight design with a single common operating picture that allows them to safely see the threats ahead of them.”

Chemring is a market leading manufacturer supplying high technology electronics and energetic products to over sixty countries around the world. Chemring has a diverse portfolio of products that predominantly protect military people and platforms, providing insurance against a constantly changing threat. These range from countermeasures to protect aircraft, to ground penetrating radar that protect troops and vehicles from improvised explosive devices. For more information about Chemring, please go to http://www.chemring.co.uk.

NIITEK®, a Chemring company since 2008, is the world leader in the design, development and production of Advanced Ground Penetrating Radar ("GPR") systems. The Advanced NIITEK® GPR systems are at the leading edge of mine detection technology with over several hundred systems successfully being used by U.S. and Coalition forces in Afghanistan. For more information about NIITEK®, please go to http://www.niitek.com.

Minelab, part of the Codan Group of Companies since 2008, is the world leader in providing metal detecting technologies for consumer, humanitarian demining, and military needs. Through devotion to research and development and innovative design, Minelab is a major world manufacturer of hand held metal detector products. Over the past 20 years, Minelab has introduced more innovative and practical technology than any of its competitors and has taken the metal detecting industry to new levels of excellence. For more information, please go to: http://www.minelab.com/usa/corporate.

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