PALM BEACH, Fla., Oct. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Global Digital Solutions, Inc. (GDSI), a company that is positioning itself as a leader in providing small arms manufacturing, complementary security and technology solutions and knowledge-based, cyber-related, culturally attuned social consulting in unsettled areas, today announced that the company's planned merger partner, Airtronic USA, Inc. ("Airtronic"), has become the exclusive OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) supplier for a major international client under a private label agreement with a first stage value of approximately $95 million.
The agreement is for Airtronic's family of M203 and M203A grenade launchers, some of which will be equipped with Airtronic's patent-pending locking device that imparts enhanced stability and accuracy.
"This is exciting but not completely unexpected news," said GDSI's President and CEO Richard J. Sullivan. "The agreement demonstrates what we have been saying all along: Airtronic is well-positioned for strong growth as a well-respected, advanced small arms manufacturer. We congratulate the entire Airtronic team on this significant development."
On October 2, 2013, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, confirmed the amended chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization plan ("Plan") submitted by Airtronic. Now that the Plan has been confirmed by the court, GDSI will be able to complete its acquisition of Airtronic. Airtronic's bankruptcy case will be dismissed upon the consummation of the Plan - which includes completion of the merger with GDSI - and Airtronic will be capitalized with adequate working capital to compete effectively as an innovative leader in small arms manufacturing.
"We're thrilled to be able to announce this substantial OEM agreement so soon after the court confirmed our reorganization plan," said Dr. Merriellyn Kett, Airtronic's President and CEO who will continue serving as the company's CEO after the merger between GDSI and Airtronic is finalized. "The Airtronic team has been very busy working to meet the needs of our customers in the United States and around the world. This exclusive OEM agreement is a testament to the world-class quality of our products and the excellent relationships we have established with our customers over the years."
Founded in 1990, Airtronic is a well-respected, award-winning manufacturer of critical battlefield weapons. The company provides small arms and small arms spare parts to the U.S. Department of Defense, foreign militaries, and the law enforcement market. The company's products include grenade launchers, rocket propelled grenade launchers, grenade launcher guns, flex machine guns, grenade machine guns, rifles, and magazines.
Airtronic is a member of the National Small Arms Technology Consortium (NSATC) and the largest woman-owned small arms manufacturing company in the United States. The company has received commendations from the US Army Tank, Armaments, and Automotive Command and the Defense Logistics Agency for the quality and on-time delivery of its products.
About Global Digital Solutions, Inc.
Global Digital Solutions is positioning itself as a leader in providing small arms manufacturing, complementary security and technology solutions and knowledge-based, cyber-related, culturally attuned social consulting in unsettled areas. For more information please visit http://www.gdsi.co.
About Airtronic USA, Inc.
Airtronic is an electro-mechanical engineering design and manufacturing company. It provides small arms and small arms spare parts to the U.S. Department of Defense, foreign militaries, and the law enforcement market. . The company's products include grenade launchers, rocket propelled grenade launchers, grenade launcher guns, flex machine guns, grenade machine guns, rifles, and magazines. Founded in 1990, the company is based in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. On May 16, 2012, the Chapter 7 bankruptcy of Airtronic was converted to a Chapter 11 reorganization. The company's Chapter 7 bankruptcy case had begun on March 13, 2012. For more information, please visit www.Airtronic.net.
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