Digital Angel’s SARBE Unit Delivers New Generation AAPLB to BAE Systems

Dépèche transmise le 17 juin 2009 par Business Wire

SO. ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Digital Angel (NASDAQ:DIGA), an advanced technology company in the field of animal identification and emergency identification solutions, announced today that its SARBE unit has delivered the first new generation Personal Locator Beacons to BAE Systems Flight Operations. This new device is the SARBE Advanced Aircrew Personal Locator Beacon (AAPLB) and is the same as that specified by the UK Ministry of Defense.

Joseph J. Grillo, Chief Executive Officer of Digital Angel, said, “BAE Systems has been a loyal SARBE customer for many years. We are pleased to be supplying it with the latest generation beacons that will be in service for many years to come.”

The beacons are to be used by BAE Systems’ air crew who work within Military Air Solutions, as well as by visiting aircrew from the UK and overseas. The AAPLB will form an essential part of the standard survival equipment to be used in the event of having to abandon a stricken aircraft. In an emergency the AAPLB is activated to transmit a distress message containing the exact GPS coordinates and identity of the survivor. The distress signal is received by the Search And Rescue Satellite Aided Tracking (COSPAS-SARSAT) global satellite network which then alerts the rescue authorities.

Aircraft that the AAPLB will be carried on include Typhoon, Tornado and Hawk. BAE Systems has a long history of using SARBE Personal Locator Beacons and the AAPLB will be replacing equipment rendered obsolete due to satellite monitoring changes.


A division of Digital Angel’s Signature Industries subsidiary, based in the United Kingdom SARBE is a world leading producer of Locator Beacons, Emergency Location Transmitters, and Submarine Locator Beacons. These products are in Tri-Force use on every continent. The very latest production techniques and technology ensure continuous product development. SARBE equipment is manufactured under an ISO Quality System and to the relevant STANAG, DEF STAN, CAA, FAA and COSPAS/SARSAT regulations and standards.

About Digital Angel

Digital Angel (www.digitalangel.com) is an advanced technology company in the field of animal identification and emergency identification solutions. Digital Angel's products are utilized around the world in such applications as pet identification using its patented, FDA-approved implantable microchip; livestock identification and tracking using visual and radio frequency identification (RFID) ear tags; and global positioning systems (GPS) search and rescue beacons for use on aircraft, ships and boats, and by adventure enthusiasts.

This press release contains certain “forward-looking” statements (as such term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995). Forward-looking statements included in this press release include, without limitation, those concerning expectations regarding the continued success of the Company’s products and their impact on the Company’s financial results. These forward-looking statements are based on the Company's current expectations and beliefs and are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Additional information about these and other factors that could affect the Company's businesses is set forth in the Company's Form 10-K under the caption "Risk Factors" filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") on March 31, 2009, and subsequent filings with the SEC. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or release any revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this statement or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, except as required by law.

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