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TMCNet:  Astro-Med Announces Contract with Thales Avionics for ToughWriter 5 Flight Deck Printers

[June 18, 2014]

Astro-Med Announces Contract with Thales Avionics for ToughWriter 5 Flight Deck Printers

WEST WARWICK, R.I. --(Business Wire)--

Astro-Med (News - Alert), Inc. (NASDAQ: ALOT) announced today that it has been selected by Thales Avionics (EN Paris: HO.PA) to supply flight deck printers for the Airbus A330/A340 long-range aircraft.

The agreement covers flight deck printers for the Airbus A330 long-range aircraft, which is currently in production, and for retrofits of the Airbus A340 long-range aircraft. After the necessary qualification tests and certifications are completed this year, Astro-Med will be supplying its latest ToughWriter 5 model printer to Thales (News - Alert) for these programs. Manufacturing will be done at Astro-Med's aerospace products production facilities in West Warwick, Rhode Island.

"We are extremely pleased to have the trust and confidence of Thales Avionics, a global leader in supplying on-board avionic suites and systems to major aircraft manufacturers," said Gregory A. Woods, the Company's President and Chief Executive Officer. "The response to the ToughWriter has been enthusiastic, and we look forward to providing Thales Avionics with a high-quality aerospace printer."

"Astro-Med will complete the manufacture, test, and delivery of these ToughWriter 5 flight deck printers with the same commitment to quality and value that have made Astro-Med the global leader in airborne printers," said Thomas W. Carll, Vice President of Astro-Med Test & Measurement Product Group.

About Thales Avionics

Thales is a global leader in onboard electronics for aircaft, supplying avionic suites and systems to major aircraft manufacturers. We provide our customers with the full range of equipment, subsystems and systems for flight control, navigation, communication and surveillance for aircraft including helicopters. Thales Avionics is a part of Thales Group, headquartered in Paris, France. Additional information about Thales Avionics products is available at: https://www.thalesgroup.com/en/worldwide/aerospace/what-we-do.

About Astro-Med, Inc.

Astro-Med, the leader in airborne printers, has been designing and manufacturing ruggedized flight deck printers for nearly three decades. These ruggedized printers and related ruggedized Ethernet switches, which are part of our Test & Measurement Group, are used in the most demanding military and commercial environments, including airborne, shipboard, and ground vehicle applications. Astro-Med is currently furnishing airborne printers for a wide range of aircraft including the Airbus A380 and A400M, the Boeing (News - Alert) C-17, B-737, B-787, B-777, B-747-8, the Embraer ERJ, and the Lockheed C-130. Astro-Med is certified to AS9100, the quality management system specifically designed for manufacturers of aerospace industry products. Astro-Med is proud to manufacture in Rhode Island. Additional information about Astro-Med's ruggedized printer products is available at http://www.astro-med.com/ruggedized_products.

Forward-Looking Statements

Information included in this news release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are not statements of historical fact, but rather reflect our current expectations concerning future events and results. These statements may include the use the words "believes," "expects," "intends," "plans," "anticipates," "likely," "continues," "may," "will," and similar expressions to identify forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements, including those concerning the contract with Thales Avionics, involve risks, uncertainties and other factors, some of which are beyond our control, which may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These risks, uncertainties and factors include, but are not limited to, those factors set forth in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2014 and subsequent filings Astro-Med makes with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. The reader is cautioned not to unduly rely on such forward-looking statements when evaluating the information presented in this news release.


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