Industry News: V11N2
New Drone Training Program
Botach, Inc. (a drone reseller–drone service provider and distributor of tactical products to the U.S. Public Safety channel and the U.S. government) announced a reseller/training partnership with Las Vegas-based Sundance Media Group (SMG), a company that specializes in assisting police, fire and private corporations with setting up training programs across the country and filing Certificates of Authorization and/or waivers with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). SMG also creates or assists in the implementation of Policy, Procedures and Operations manuals for ISO-compliant municipalities and organizations.
During the Nevada State Traffic Incident Management training event in early November 2018, Chushim Botach, Botach’s Chief Executive Officer, commented: “Our reseller partnership with Sundance Media Group (SMG) enables us to offer a necessary and critical component of our everything drone strategy to our customers. Through SMG and our own product offerings, we possess the ability to offer our customers a turnkey acquisition, training and COA/Waiver package. We have observed their abilities over the past two years and have been exceptionally impressed with their dedication to excellence.”
SMG has a 17-year history working in Aviation and has developed training missions for MIRT (Major Incident Response Teams), CSI, traffic homicide, night-time forensic missions and crowd overwatch with and without tethering components. botach.com
B&T Delivers 40mm Launcher to U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security
The Swiss weapons manufacturer Brügger & Thomet (B&T) has won the tender of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for delivery of non-lethal launchers with its model GL06. The devices are used for border protection and public demonstrations.
The B&T GL06 launcher is issued after being extensively tested in many countries around the world (Spain, France, Portugal, Andorra, Switzerland, Hungary, Slovenia, Estonia, Croatia, South Africa and South Korea).
The GL06 launcher, in conjunction with the SIR (Safe Impact Round) ammunition also offered by B&T, is ideal for peacekeeping. Due to its high precision and very effective ammunition, which is tuned to minimize the risk of injury to violent demonstrators, the police can use the weapon safely and effectively. www.bt-ag.ch
Elbit Systems Completes the Acquisition of IMI Systems
Elbit Systems Ltd. (Elbit Systems) announced November 25, 2018, that it completed the acquisition of IMI Systems Ltd. (IMI) for a purchase price of approximately $495 million (NIS 1.8 billion), with an additional payment of approximately $27 million (NIS 100 million) contingent upon IMI meeting agreed performance goals.
Bezhalel (Butzi) Machlis, Elbit Systems President & CEO, commented: “The synergy between the capabilities of the two companies and the global positioning of Elbit Systems will enable us to offer an enhanced portfolio and to realize the potential of the technologies of IMI in the international arena, making this acquisition significant to our long-term growth strategy.” Machlis added: “Elbit Systems has a proven track record of successfully performing major acquisitions, and I am convinced that this acquisition will be beneficial for Israel’s economy, for both companies’ employees and customers and for our shareholders.” elbitsystems.com