General Dynamics to buy space integrator

General Dynamics Corp. announced it will acquire Gilbert, Ariz.-based Spectrum Astro Inc., a privately held, space systems integrator for the government. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

According to Falls Church, Va.-based General Dynamics, the transaction has been approved by the directors of both companies and is expected to close within 60 days. Upon completion of the merger, Spectrum Astro will become part of General Dynamics C4 Systems, which is headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Spectrum Astro, with approximately 520 employees, manufactures and integrates spacecraft subsystem hardware, software and ground-support equipment. In February, the company won a contract from NASA to develop the Space Network Router, which would allow the use of TCP/IP protocol for space applications.

General Dynamics hopes to leverage Spectrum Astro's expertise to win contracts for new space-based initiatives.

"The Defense Department's growing reliance on satellite-based systems as part of a network-centric approach to warfighting was validated in Operation Iraqi Freedom and other recent military efforts. This acquisition enhances General Dynamics' positioning to meet those mission requirements into the future," said Jerry DeMuro, General Dynamics' executive vice president for information systems and technology.

With 2003 revenue of $16.6 billion, General Dynamics ranked No. 7 on Washington Technology's 2003 Top 100 list, which measures federal contracting revenue. Washington Technology's 2004 rankings are due out in May.

Reader Comments

Please post your comments here. Comments are moderated, so they may not appear immediately after submitting. We will not post comments that we consider abusive or off-topic.

Please type the letters/numbers you see above

What is your e-mail address?

My e-mail address is:

Do you have a password?

Forgot your password? Click here
close

Trending

  • Dive into our Contract Award database

    In an exclusive for WT Insider members, we are collecting all of the contract awards we cover into a database that you can sort by contractor, agency, value and other parameters. You can also download it into a spreadsheet. Our databases track awards back to 2013. Read More

  • Navigating the trends and issues of 2016 Nick Wakeman

    In our latest WT Insider Report, we pull together our best advice, insights and reporting on the trends and issues that will shape the market in 2016 and beyond. Read More

contracts DB

Washington Technology Daily

Sign up for our newsletter.

Terms and Privacy Policy consent

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.