Sigma Defense acquires electronic warfare tech specialist / Chombosan

Sigma Defense is using this purchase and the others before it to position for opportunities across JADC2: the U.S. military's effort to connect every deployed soldier and system.

Sigma Defense has acquired an electronic warfare specialist in a move that continues efforts to further build out a software-centric portfolio for the U.S. military's broader connectivity vision.

By purchasing EWA, Sigma is looking to further augment its offerings for managing technologies that rely on the electromagnetic spectrum for collecting and distributing data to operators. Terms of the transaction announced Monday were not disclosed.

The current iteration of Sigma's strategy puts a heavy emphasis on the Defense Department's larger "JADC2" vision for connecting every soldier, sensor and system in the field into a single networking architecture.

DOD also designed the Joint All-Domain Command-and-Control effort to incorporate emerging technologies as the innovation demands it, or in other words at a quicker pace.

"The electromagnetic spectrum is a critical source of signature data that must be collected, analyzed, distributed, and acted on with speed, the same as all other elements of CJADC2," Sigma's chief executive Matt Jones said in a release.

"Understanding the full impact of EW attack and countermeasures is a critical component against a near peer adversary, so the alignment between EWA and Sigma Defense was a natural fit that accelerates our ability to deliver new solutions for our customers," Jones added.

EWA's CEO Carl Gurreri and his colleagues started the company in 1977 to support the Army's Missile Intelligence Agency. EWA has since expanded to the Navy, Air Force, Space Force and other national security agencies.

This transaction represents Sigma's third as a portfolio company of Sagewind Capital, a private equity firm that acquired the defense technology integrator in early 2021.

Since the Sagewind investment, Sigma has acquired Solute and Juno Technologies with both transactions centered around data and netw,orks.

KippsDeSanto & Co. was the financial advisor to EWA.