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06 Dec 05. Saab acquire avionics company AMS in South Africa. Saab has signed an agreement to acquire Aerospace Monitoring and Systems (Pty) Ltd in South Africa. The acquisition is likely to be effective in April 2006. “AMS product portfolio and markets fits very well into our avionics business. Especially in the areas of safety, monitoring and digital recording systems, where together we will be a significant global player”, says Saab Avitronics President Björn Erman. Upon completion of the deal AMS will be part of Saab Avitronics, a Saab business unit focusing on avionics and electronic warfare systems, which already has operations in both Sweden and South Africa.

06 Dec 05. Acquisition Boosts SAIC Presence at Aberdeen. Science Applications International doubled its employee count in Maryland’s Harford County, home of the Aberdeen Proving Ground, with its purchase of Geo-Centers, a Massachusetts-based firm that specializes in the detection of chemical and biological weapons. (Source: Washington Post)

18 Nov 05. Nallatech, a leading supplier of FPGA high-performance computing solutions, announced today the addition of Rave Computer Association, Inc. as the most recent member of its Channel Partner Program for 2005.Rave is Nallatech’s preferred integration services partner in North America, supplying complete support services for the delivery of high-performance computing and high-performance embedded computing systems.

05 Dec 05. L-3 Communications (NYSE: LLL) acquired Applied Signal and Image Technology, Inc. (ASIT) on November 23, 2005. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The business has been renamed L-3 ASIT and will report to L-3’s Integrated Systems Group. The acquisition is expected to add approximately $20 million to L-3’s sales in 2006 and is planned to be accretive. Headquartered in Linthicum Heights, Maryland, ASIT specializes in the research, engineering and production of signal processing systems. ASIT designs, develops and integrates tactical communications intelligence (COMINT), measurement and signature intelligence (MASINT) and electronic attack (EA) systems for both ground and airborne installations, including fixed-wing aircraft, rotary-wing aircraft and UAVs. ASIT has specific expertise in precision radio-signal direction finding and geo-location.

01 Dec 05. L-3 Communications (NYSE: LLL) has signed an agreement to acquire SAM Electronics GmbH (SAM) for U.S. $150 million in cash, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals. SAM is expected to generate approximately $320 million of sales for the year ending December 31, 2006. The acquisition is expected to be completed in the first half of 2006 and to be slightly accretive to L-3’s earnings. Headquartered in Hamburg, Germany, SAM is a manufacturer and supplier of maritime electrical and electronic systems to shipyards, shipping companies, international navies and commercial shipyards. SAM’s products include electrical power packages, electric drives and propulsion systems, automation systems, navigation and communication equipment and maritime services. The company also provides turnkey installation of its products.

30 Nov 05. EADS has taken over US company Talon Instruments, which develops and produces instruments for testing digital equipment in aircraft, weapons and other systems. None of the financial details of the transaction have been revealed. The acquisition is said to form part of EADS’ long-term growth strategy. Talon is to be integrated into the EADS North America Defense Test & Services division of the group. (Source: FT.com/Abstracted from Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung)

02 Dec 05. Gallium Software is being taken over by Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace of Norway. Privately-held Gallium develops human-computer interface software for mission-critical display applications. Its products are used in a range of applications from air traffic control to airborne command-and-control situations. Ga

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