EDGEMONT, PA – JUNE 25, 2007 – Peak Beam Systems, Inc., manufacturer of the world’s most powerful handheld searchlight, the Maxa Beam, has been awarded a federal grant for the development of a light-based personnel immobilization device for use on autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The grant is being administered through the U.S. Army Aviation Applied Technology Directorate (AATD).

The scope of work includes the design, testing, and development of a near-term, cost-effective, light-weight, high-intensity personnel disabling illumination system to support covert and non-lethal missions. Peak Beam will use the foundation of its existing Maxa Beam searchlight technology to develop an effective non-lethal Xenon Light system that will be mounted and demonstrated on a small unmanned rotorcraft.

Peak Beam Systems, Inc. is a leader in the design and manufacture of handheld, high-intensity illumination products. Peak Beam is a small woman-owned business based in Edgemont, PA. Peak Beam’s flagship product, the Maxa Beam Searchlight, has been field-tested for twenty years and users include the U.S. Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, Border Patrol, Department of Homeland Security, federal and local law enforcement, and friendly foreign governments. For more information, please visit www.peakbeam.com or call 610-353-8505.

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