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BAE Completes Acquisition of GPS Business

Published Tuesday Aug 4, 2020

BAE Completes Acquisition of GPS Business

BAE Systems in Nashua completed its acquisition of the Collins Aerospace Military Global Positioning System (GPS) business from Raytheon Technologies Corporation, which BAE says adds decades of experience, innovative technology, and an extensive installed base of products to the company.

BAE first announced the asset purchase in January, saying it would augment the existing BAE Systems Electronic Systems portfolio by adding GPS anti-jamming and anti-spoofing technology that enables navigation and guidance for a range of defense missions.

“Today marks the culmination of a tremendous team effort, and we are extremely proud to welcome the military GPS employees to our company,” said John Watkins, vice president and general manager of Precision Strike & Sensing Solutions at BAE Systems. “Together, we will build on our rich histories of providing superior, innovative capabilities to help protect our U.S. and allied warfighters.”

Based in Cedar Rapids and Coralville, Iowa, with a workforce of about 700 employees, the military GPS business has operated for more than 40 years and has a global installed base in excess of 1.5 million devices on more than 280 airborne, ground, and weapon system platforms. The business designs and produces advanced, hardened, and secure GPS products with a range of form factors, including products designed for space-constrained and harsh environments. It is also developing next-generation GPS technologies for the U.S. military – including M-Code – that BAE says will further improve security and anti-jamming capabilities for critical defense applications.

Greg Wild, director of Military GPS, says, “We’re excited to be joining the BAE Systems family. They appreciate our legacy of innovation and will provide opportunities for continued business growth and success.”

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