Raven Industries Announces New Product Line: NEMESIS(TM) Garments, Personal Hides & Equipment Covers, Multispectral Signature Concealment

SIOUX FALLS, S.D., Sept. 10, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Raven Aerostar (Nasdaq:RAVN), leader in the design and manufacture of specialty sewn and sealed products and surveillance technology, announced today its groundbreaking signature management product line: NEMESIS™ Garments, Personal Hides and Equipment Covers. Raven Aerostar and W.L. Gore & Associates (Gore®) have partnered together to develop multispectral camouflage and signature concealment garments, hides and covers. NEMESIS represents a breakthrough in signature concealment for warfighters and security personnel. Using GORE® Multispectral Concealment materials, NEMESIS Garments, Personal Hides and Equipment Covers are the first material technology that greatly reduces the range of detection from sophisticated radar technology and multi-spectral electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) sensors.

The modern warfighter and security personnel have an amplified need for detection protection against rapidly advancing persistent sensor technology. NEMESIS conceals personnel and high value equipment against advanced infrared surveillance sensors and radio frequency (RF). NEMESIS Garments, Personal Hides and Equipment Covers present a significant tactical advantage for daytime and nighttime operations, specifically minimizing detection during infiltration and exfiltration.

"Much like consumer electronics, sensor systems have improved in quality, and decreased in cost. Thus, military sensors (image intensifiers, thermal imagers, and radar systems) are beginning to proliferate into unfriendly hands. Gore's unique material sets and technologies enable the creation of true multispectral protection against these threats. Through Gore's partnership with Raven Aerostar, a world class manufacturer, the NEMESIS Turkey Suits with GORE® Multispectral Concealment Technologies offer a truly revolutionary protection capability for those going into harm's way," stated John Holcombe, W. L. Gore & Associates co-inventor and business leader.

Raven Aerostar and Gore® have optimized the NEMESIS product line through years of development, prototyping and field testing. NEMESIS Garments, Personal Hides and Equipment Covers have proven results alleviating current and emerging signature threats to ultimately protect lives and strategic assets. Raven Aerostar's NEMESIS Turkey Suit, an over garment, is available for purchase directly through Raven Aerostar and through GSA Advantage. The camouflage, concealment and deception NEMESIS Turkey Suit system allows full-body coverage and is available in a broad range of military camouflage textile patterns.

"Lead users have validated the superior performance of the NEMESIS Turkey Suits with GORE® Multispectral Concealment Technologies through extensive field trials. Making this product available for purchase through Raven Aerostar's commercial channels now enables the U.S. warfighter to achieve unparalleled comprehensive personal signature reduction, thus enabling greater likelihood for mission success," stated Sean McDearmon, W.L. Gore & Associates Branch Specialist.

"Raven Aerostar is committed to the design, development and manufacture of life-saving solutions," stated Raven Aerostar Vice President and General Manager Lon Stroschein. "The applications of the NEMESIS garments are endless, and through our partnership with Gore®, we continue to develop new, innovative solutions to provide multispectral signature management to the individual soldier and his equipment."

About Aerostar International, Inc: Aerostar International (Raven Aerostar), a wholly owned subsidiary of Raven Industries, is a world leader in the design and manufacture of highly technical aerospace, surveillance technology, electronics and specialty sewn products. Aerostar and Raven are based in Sioux Falls, S.D. The company has a rich history, helping save lives through its unique product lines. Raven Aerostar's engineers design and manufacture protective wear, persistent surveillance technologies, high altitude scientific balloons, inflatable military decoys, marine navigation equipment and specialty electronics. Raven Aerostar is committed to providing its customers with the innovative solutions that they require and the answers that they can trust.

About Raven Industries, Inc: Since 1956, Raven Industries has designed and manufactured high quality, high-value technical products. Raven is publicly traded on NASDAQ (RAVN) and has earned an international reputation for innovation, product quality, high performance, and unmatched service. Raven's purpose is to solve great challenges in areas of study, feeding the world, energy independence and resource preservation. To realize this purpose, we utilize our strengths in engineering, manufacturing and technological innovation to serve the precision agriculture, high performance specialty films, aerospace, and electronic manufacturing services markets.

About W. L. Gore & Associates

Gore is a technology-driven company focused on discovery and product innovation. Well known for waterproof, breathable GORE-TEX® fabric, the company's portfolio includes everything from high-performance fabrics and implantable medical devices to industrial manufacturing components and aerospace electronics. Founded in 1958 and headquartered in Newark, Del., Gore posts annual sales of more than $3.2 billion and employs approximately 10,000 associates with manufacturing facilities in the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, Japan and China, and sales offices around the world. Gore is one of a select few companies to appear on all of the U.S. "100 Best Companies to Work For" lists since the rankings debuted in 1984. The company also appears regularly on similar lists around the world. Learn more at gore.com.

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