|Thales Completes Acquisition of Tampa Microwave||Apr. 04, 2012|
Thales has completed the acquisition of Tampa Microwave, a privately held, veteran-owned company specializing in tactical satellite communications (SATCOM) terminals and related products for defense, government, and commercial customers.
The announcement follows completion of a review of the acquisition by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and its determination that there are no national security concerns with respect to the transaction.
Tampa Microwave designs, develops, and manufactures SATCOM manpack terminals that provide high-bandwidth, voice, video, and data battlefield communications at the tactical level. The company’s core competencies also include SATCOM engineering and customer support. Like many of Thales’s own products, Tampa Microwave’s manpack terminals were specifically designed for the dismounted soldiers who operate in dangerous environments.
“We are pleased to have obtained CFIUS approval for this acquisition and look forward to realizing the benefits that this new relationship will bring to our nation’s warfighters,” said Allan Cameron, President and CEO of Thales USA. “By leveraging the proven expertise of both Thales and Tampa Microwave, we plan to further expand and diversify our communications technology to meet the critical challenges warfighters are facing on the battlefield.”
Tampa Microwave will operate as a subsidiary of Thales Communications, Inc., a Thales USA company which operates under a proxy agreement with the U.S. Department of Defense. The business will maintain its location in Tampa, Florida, and the current Tampa Microwave management team will remain unchanged.