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AMERGINT to Acquire Raytheon Technologies’ Space-Based Optics Business

By , | April 21, 2020

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AMERGINT Technologies Holdings, Inc. on Monday said it has agreed to acquire the space-based optics business of Raytheon Technologies, adding a new line of capabilities for the company.

Terms of the pending deal were not disclosed. Raytheon Technologies was required by the U.S. government to divest the Connecticut precision-optics business under terms permitting the merger of the former Raytheon and United Technologies.

The space-based optics business has about 500 employees and was part of the UTC’s Collins Aerospace business. The optics business designs and manufactures optics for reconnaissance satellites for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and international customers. The company’s senior management will stay on.

AMERGINT, which is based in Colorado, provides software-defined technology for military, intelligence and commercial customers that manage the capture, processing, transport and exploitation of mission data for communication and data links.

“For as long as the United States has recognized the need to observe Earth from space, this business has delivered technological breakthroughs to do so,” Larry Hill, AMERGINT’s CEO, said of the space-optics business. “We are proud to bring together their preeminent electro-optical capabilities with AMERGINT’s next-generation solutions for capturing, processing, transporting and exploiting mission critical data.”

Separately, on Tuesday, AMERGINT and Abaco Systems announced they have partnered to develop a lab-tested electronic warfare communications capability. Combining Abaco’s ruggedized VP430 RFSoC hardware platform with AMERGINT’s SOFTLINK architecture, which moves signal and data processing into software, the companies said they have created a lower cost, rapidly available technology that reduces Radio Frequency (RF) signal chain complexity, integration, and field timing from weeks to days.

A portion of this article was originally published by our sister publication Defense Daily.