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Defense Metals Submits Wicheeda Rare Earth Element Project Drill Core for Analysis

Vancouver, BC – October 1, 2019:  Defense Metals Corp. (TSX-V: DEFN, US-OTCQB: DFMTF, FSE: 35D)(“Defense Metals”) is pleased to announce it has submitted an initial batch of 124 core samples from its successful 13 hole, 2,005 metre summer 2019 Wicheeda Rare Earth Element Deposit diamond drill program to ALS Canada Ltd. (“ALS”) analytical laboratories in Kamloops, BC. 

At ALS  the Wicheeda samples will undergo multi-element ICP-MS analysis via lithium-borate fusion to determine individual Rare Earth Element (REE) content.ALS is an International Standard (ISO/IEC) 17025:2005 and ISO 9001:2015 certified analytical testing facility.   

Defense Metals expects the balance of 2019 drill core samples will be submitted to ALS within the next two weeks. As previously reported all 13 drill holes intersected significant intercepts of visibly REE mineralized dolomite-carbonatite rocks (see Defense Metals’  September 23, 2019 News Release). Defense Metals will provide assay results as analytical work progresses. 

Craig Taylor, President and CEO of Defense Metals, commented:“Based on the presence of visually encouraging REE mineralization we look forward to receiving the results of REE analysis from our first batch of core samples submitted to ALS and releasing these results to market as they become available over the coming weeks. Our exploration crews are working hard to expedite logging, cutting and sampling of the remaining drill core from our highly successful 2019 Wicheeda Project diamond drill campaign. We expect to generate additional news flow over the coming months as we continue to receive results from the drilling and metallurgical test-work the first phase of which is rapidly nearing completion.”

Qualified Person 

The scientific and technical information contained in this news release as it relates to the Wicheeda Rare Earth Element Project has been reviewed and approved by Kristopher J. Raffle, P.Geo. (BC) Principal and Consultant of APEX Geoscience Ltd. of Edmonton, AB, a director of Defense Metals and a “Qualified Person” as defined in National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects


Craig Taylor, President & CEO

About Defense Metals 

Defense Metals is a mineral exploration company focused on the acquisition ofmineral deposits containing metals and elements commonly used in the electric power market, military, national security and the production of green energy technologies, such as, high strength, light weight, rare earth magnets. Defense Metals primary focus is to exercise its option to acquire 100% of the 1,780 hectare Wicheeda REE Project. Defense Metals Corp. trades in Canada under “DEFN” on the TSX Venture Exchange, The United States, under “DFMTF” on the OTCQB and the German, Frankfurt Exchange under the symbol of “35D”.

For further information, please visit https://defensemetals.com/ or contact:

Todd Hanas, Bluesky Corporate Communications Ltd. 

Vice President, Investor Relations 

Tel: (778) 994 8072

Email: todd@blueskycorp.ca

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Forward Looking Information  

This news release includes certain statements that constitute “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable securities law, including without limitation, Defense Metals’ plans for its properties/projects, assays, drill results, other statements relating to the technical, financial and business prospects of Defense Metals, and other matters. 

Forward-looking statements address future events and conditions and are necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions. These statements relate to analyses and other information that are based on forecasts of future results, estimates of amounts not yet determinable and assumptions of management. Any statements that express or involve discussions with respect to predictions, expectations, beliefs, plans, projections, objectives, assumptions or future events or performance (often, but not always, using words or phrases such as “expects” or “does not expect”, “is expected”, “anticipates” or “does not anticipate”, “plans”, “estimates” or “intends”, or stating that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “should”, “would”, “might” or “will” be taken, occur or be achieved), and variations of such words, and similar expressions are not statements of historical fact and may be forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statement are necessarily based upon a number of factors that, if untrue, could cause the actual results, performances or achievements of Defense Metals to be materially different from future results, performances or achievements express or implied by such statements. Such statements and information are based on numerous assumptions regarding present and future business strategies and the environment in which Defense Metals will operate in the future, including the price of metals and elements, anticipated costs and the ability to achieve goals, that general business and economic conditions will not change in a material adverse manner, that financing will be available if and when needed and on reasonable terms, and that third party contractors, equipment and supplies and governmental and other approvals required to conduct Defense Metals’ planned exploration activities will be available on reasonable terms and in a timely manner. While such estimates and assumptions are considered reasonable by the management of Defense Metals, they are inherently subject to significant business, economic, competitive and regulatory uncertainties and risks. 

Forward-looking statements are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual events, level of activity, performance or results to differ materially from those reflected in the forward-looking statements, including, without limitation: (i) risks related to rare earth elements, and other commodity price fluctuations; (ii) risks and uncertainties relating to the interpretation of exploration results; (iii) risks related to the inherent uncertainty of exploration and cost estimates and the potential for unexpected costs and expenses; (iv) that resource exploration and development is a speculative business; (v) that Defense Metals may lose or abandon its property interests or may fail to receive necessary licences and permits;  (vi) that environmental laws and regulations may become more onerous;  (vii) that Defense Metals may not be able to raise additional funds when necessary; (viii) the possibility that future exploration, development or mining results will not be consistent with Defense Metals’ expectations; (ix) exploration and development risks, including risks related to accidents, equipment breakdowns, labour disputes or other unanticipated difficulties with or interruptions in exploration and development; (x) competition; (xi) the potential for delays in exploration or development activities or the completion of geologic reports or studies; (xii) the uncertainty of profitability based upon Defense Metals’ history of losses; (xiii) risks related to environmental regulation and liability; (xiv) risks associated with failure to maintain community acceptance, agreements and permissions (generally referred to as “social licence”), including local First Nations; (xv) risks relating to obtaining and maintaining all necessary government permits, approvals and authorizations relating to the continued exploration and development of Defense Metals’ projects; (xvi) risks related to the outcome of legal actions; (xvii) political and regulatory risks associated with mining and exploration; (xix) risks related to current global financial conditions; and (xx) other risks and uncertainties related to Defense Metals’ prospects, properties and business strategy. These risks, as well as others, could cause actual results and events to vary significantly.

Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in forward looking statements include, but are not limited to, continued availability of capital and financing and general economic, market or business conditions, the loss of key directors, employees, advisors or consultants, adverse weather conditions, increase in costs, equipment failures, litigation, failure of counterparties to perform their contractual obligations and fees charged by service providers. Investors are cautioned that forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance or events and, accordingly are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements due to the inherent uncertainty of such statements. The forward-looking statements included in this news release are made as of the date hereof and Defense Metals disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as expressly required by applicable securities legislation.