Carmanah is pleased to announce that the Company has received an additional order for approximately $370,000 from the U.S. Army to supply solar-powered LED (light-emitting diodes) aviation lights to 3 air bases in Iraq.
The order is for more than 500 units of Carmanah’s Model 601 and 700 Series Aviation Lights, to be used for fixed wing and rotary aircraft at expedited airfields in the regions of Mosul, Tikrit and Taji. Applications will include runway edge lighting, runway caution zone lighting, threshold lighting, taxiway edge lighting, apron edge lighting and obstruction lighting.
Carmanah has now supplied more than 7,000 units to 45 different air bases in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and North America. Customers include the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marines, Air National Guard, as well as other international military organizations. Primary benefits of Carmanah’s unique solar-powered LED lighting technology include reduced capital costs, simple installation, high performance, zero maintenance, proven reliability and night vision goggle (NVG) compatibility.
Carmanah Lights Make Baghdad Skies Safer for U.S. Army Black Hawk Helicopter Pilots
The U.S. Army has recently purchased 47 Carmanah solar-powered LED obstruction lights (Model 601) for perimeter lighting of downtown buildings and telecommunication towers in the city of Baghdad, Iraq. “We are proud to be providing critical safety for the rebuilding of Iraq,” said Carmanah’s CEO, Mr. Art Aylesworth. “The simplicity and reliability of Carmanah’s solar technology is proving to be an ideal solution for the country’s struggling infrastructure.” The U.S. Coast Guard installed our marine lights last April to guide humanitarian supply ships into the Port of Umm Qasr, and now our aviation lights will guide helicopter pilots in the skies over Baghdad.”
Sixteen U.S. military helicopters have crashed in Iraq since March 2003, with eyewitness reports in at least one instance suggesting a collision with ground obstructions (wires). Carmanah’s obstruction lights will aid in the identification of low-lying objects in the pilots’ flight paths and enhance night safety in Baghdad. U.S. military pilots report that Carmanah’s LEDs are a safer light source than traditional incandescent bulbs, which cause a “blooming” or blinding effect on the pilots’ NVG displays.
NATO Presentation by Carmanah’s Aviation Division
In April 2004, Carmanah’s Aviation Department had the backing of the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army to present the Company’s solar-powered LED lighting solutions at NATO’s Annual Airfield Marking and Lighting Infrastructure Panel meeting in Fredrikstad, Norway. 27 NATO nation delegates from their respective countries were introduced to Carmanah’s new technology for expedited airfield use, with a focus on the success of American and Coalition Forces’ installations in the Middle East.
Carmanah Marine Lights to Aid Security Measures at G8 Summit
The G8 Summit was held June 8-10 this year in Georgia USA. As part of security measures for the event, Carmanah Technologies was contracted by the U.S. Coast Guard to fill a priority order for 15 700 Series solar-powered LED marine lights. These lights were used during initiatives to secure Georgia’s 160 km coastline, plus portions of neighboring South Carolina and Florida. “Once again, we were glad to be able to fill an emergency order for an event of such international magnitude on short notice,” said Art Aylesworth.
This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on management’s current expectations and beliefs and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties are described under the caption “Note Regarding Forward-looking Statements” and “Key Information – Risk Factors” and elsewhere in Carmanah’s Annual Report for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2003, as filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and which are incorporated herein by reference. These risks and uncertainties are also described under the caption “Risk Factors” in Carmanah’s Annual Information Form dated December 31, 2003, as filed with the British Columbia Securities Commission and which are incorporated herein by reference. Carmanah does not assume any obligation to update the forward-looking information contained in this press release.