AROTECH TRAINING AND SIMULATION DIVISION RECEIVES $36M FOLLOW-ON ORDER FOR ITS VIRTUAL CLEARANCE TRAINING SUITE PROGRAM
Company Updates Full Year Guidance for 2014
Ann Arbor, Michigan – June 23, 2014 – FAAC Incorporated, part of Arotech Corporation’s [Nasdaq GM: ARTX] Training and Simulation Division, has received an Engineering Change Order from the U.S. Army’s Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training, and Instrumentation (PEO STRI) valued at $36 million; $20.4 million of this amount is funded, with an additional $15.6 million in options. The change order to FAAC’s Virtual Clearance Training Suite (VCTS) program reconfigures the previously contracted 28 training suites to match the U.S. Army’s current operational concept for Route Clearance companies and includes options for continued contractor logistical support of the fielded systems.
VCTS simulates the wide array of large and small technical devices, purpose-built mine-protected security, detection, & clearing vehicles to train the ever-evolving tactics and techniques used by the U.S. Army to combat improvised explosive devices. The reconfiguration effort will commence immediately and continue through 2016.
“It is important to train as you fight; because you fight as you have trained,” said Kurt Flosky, Arotech Training and Simulation’s Executive Vice President. “We are very pleased to receive this extension to our existing VCTS program. This change proposal will utilize the inherent flexibility of the solution to ensure that the fielded VCTSs simulate the actual configuration of today’s Route Clearance teams as their mission and equipment continues to evolve. The fielded systems to date have been well received by the units and we are pleased to be able to continue our support of the VCTS program and play a key role in maximizing its effectiveness.”
Arotech also announced that it is updating its full-year 2014 revenue and EBITDA expectations. The timing of recent awards and planning of programs in hand has altered Arotech’s 2014 revenue guidance to be in the range of $105 to $111 million while increasing net backlog to $80.6 million (as of June 1, including the funded portion of this order). Given improvement in margins as well as the favorable product mix of orders in hand, Arotech expects to improve its overall profitability levels. Arotech updates its expectations for full year adjusted EBITDA to be in the range of $7.8 to $8.3 million.
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 operator training simulations for military, law enforcement, security, municipal and private industry personnel. The division’s fully interactive operator 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, conscientious equipment operation, and crew coordination. 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, F-22, and F-35 aircraft, simulation models for the ACMI/TACTS air combat training ranges, and Air-Refueling Boom Arm simulators.
Arotech’s Training and Simulation Division consists of FAAC Incorporated (www.faac.com), IES Interactive Training (www.ies-usa.com), and Realtime Technologies (www.simcreator.com).
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 and advanced zinc-air and lithium batteries and chargers. Arotech operates two major business divisions: Training and Simulation 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, South Carolina and Israel. For more information on Arotech, please visit Arotech’s website at www.arotech.com.
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