ANN ARBOR, MI -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 02/27/08 -- Arotech Corporation (NASDAQ: ARTX) announced today that its Training and Simulation Division, through its FAAC Incorporated subsidiary, has been awarded a $1.2 million contract from the Maryland Aviation Administration (MAA). Through an exhaustive search process, the MAA has chosen FAAC to build a custom driver training simulator to provide training for on-field emergency responders and ground support personnel at the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI).
FAAC will produce an advanced driver training simulator that will closely replicate a variety of emergency and ground support vehicles. Simulated vehicles will include unique emergency response apparatus, state-of-the-art snow removal equipment, and other ground support vehicles. The effort includes a fully interactive virtual representation of BWI airfield to empower operators to train within their specific airport environment.
"Simulation training is especially important in the airport environment," explained Carlos Rece, Director, Maintenance and Utilities at BWI Thurgood Marshal Airport. "Airport traffic, ground support, and emergency response operators work in a highly regulated environment with extensive rules regarding the movement of their vehicles. It is also difficult to find a window of opportunity to train on airport property with actual vehicles. There is no safer or more effective training method for airport personnel than this driver training simulator."
"Historically, FAAC has been a leader in state-of-the-art training simulators -- to include airport operations," said David Bouwkamp, FAAC Executive Director of Business Development. "This award exemplifies the renewed interest airport authorities have in ground support driver training simulation. We expect to leverage our past experiences and on-going dedication to customer satisfaction as we work with BWI on this product, setting the standard for airport ground vehicle operator training simulators."
"FAAC was a pioneer in providing simulation solutions to airports to facilitate training personnel in adverse conditions in the late '90s and we are excited to continue the evolution of this product line as part of this project," noted Kurt Flosky, Arotech Training & Simulation Division Executive Vice President. "We are pleased to provide the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport with FAAC's simulators, which we are confident will enhance training and make for a safer and more efficient airport," concluded Flosky.
About Arotech's Training and Simulation Division
Arotech's Training and Simulation Division (ATSD) provides world class simulation based training solutions. ATSD develops, manufactures, and markets advanced high-tech multimedia and interactive digital solutions for engineering, use-of-force, and driver training simulations for military, law enforcement, security, municipal and private industry personnel. The division's fully interactive driver-training systems feature state-of-the-art vehicle simulator technology enabling training in situation awareness, risk analysis and decision-making, emergency reaction and avoidance procedures, and conscientious equipment operation. The division's use-of-force training products and services allow organizations to train their personnel in safe, productive, and realistic environments. The division provides consulting and developmental support for engineering simulation solutions. The division also supplies pilot decision-making support software for the F-15, F-16, F-18, and JSF aircraft, as well as simulation models for the ACMI/TACTS air combat training ranges.
About Arotech Corporation
Arotech Corporation is a leading provider of quality defense and security products for the military, law enforcement and homeland security markets, including multimedia interactive simulators/trainers, lightweight armoring and advanced zinc-air and lithium batteries and chargers. Arotech operates through three major business divisions: Training and Simulation, Armor, and Battery and Power Systems.
Arotech is incorporated in Delaware, with corporate offices in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and research, development and production subsidiaries in Alabama, Michigan, and Israel. For more information on Arotech, please visit Arotech's website at www.arotech.com.
For more information on FAAC Incorporated and its commercial/municipal products, please contact David Bouwkamp at 1-734-761-5836 or visit FAAC's website at www.faac.com
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