General Dynamics Sells Off Antenna Business

Communications & Power Industries reached an agreement to acquire SATCOM Technologies from the defense giant.

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General Dynamics Mission Systems Inc.

Defense contractor General Dynamics plans to divest its satellite antenna operations in an effort to focus its tech division on military and government services.

Communications & Power Industries, a Southern California electronics manufacturer, announced an agreement to acquire SATCOM Technologies for an undisclosed price.

SATCOM, which operates six facilities across North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Texas, produces and installs antenna systems for military communications as well as commercial, scientific and industrial applications.

General Dynamics spokesman Tom Crosson told Washington Technology in an email that the deal would allow the Mission Systems segment “to focus on businesses that are more tightly aligned with our defense market core.”

CPI, meanwhile, said the agreement would help it serve the growing satellite communications market.

Bob Fickett, the company’s president and CEO, said SATCOM’s capabilities would incorporate “VSAT (very small aperture terminal), large and medium communications antennas, and very large, complex antenna systems.”

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