Kratos Defense & Security Solutions
Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. develops and fields transformative, affordable technology, platforms and systems for United States National Security related customers, allies and commercial enterprises. The company is specialized in unmanned systems, satellite communications, cyber security/warfare, microwave electronics, missile defense, hypersonic systems, training, combat systems and next generation turbojet and turbofan engine development.
Kratos has primarily an engineering and technically oriented work force of approximatively 2,700 with a substantial number of the Company’s employees holding national security clearances. Virtually all of Kratos’ work is performed on a military base, in a secure facility or at a critical infrastructure location.
The company is currently organized into six major divisions:
- Defense and Rocket Support Services,
- Microwaves Electronics,
- Modular Systems,
- Public Safety and Security,
- Technology and Training,
- Unmanned Systems
Kratos Defense & Security Solutions was founded as Wireless Facilities, Inc. a company that was building and supporting of the telecommunications infrastructure and networks. In 2004 the company focused more on providing professional services to the US Government, primarily the U.S. Department of Defense.
From 2004 to 2009, the company acquired several companies in the Federal Service business. Acquisitions included several small public safety firms and mid-sized professional services companies.
In September 2007, the company name was officially changed to Kratos Defense & Security Solutions to emphasize its new focus and in late 2008, the company was re-organized into four Divisions.
On July 27th, 2011, Kratos merged with Integral Systems, a company that provided management, delivery and distribution of data and information from spaceand terrestrial-based platforms into networks for military, government and commercial satellite and aerospace customers. Integral Systems employed about 800 people in 14 locations.
In February 2019, Kratos purchased Florida Turbine Technologies to form the Kratos Turbine Technologies division.
On February 24th, 2020, Kratos’ Unmanned Systems division bought small turbojet manufacturer Technical Directions Inc. (TDI), which was based in Detroit, Michigan.
On June 30th in 2020 Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, completed the acquisition of the ASC Signal Division Inc. (ASC Signal formerly Andrew Corp.) from Communications & Power Industries, LLC. (CPI). CPI acquired ASC Signal in 2015 and was designing and manufacturing advanced satellite communications, radar and high-frequency antennas and controllers that are used in commercial and government satellite communications, terrestrial communications, imagery and data transmission, and radar and intelligence applications. ASC Signal was headquartered in Plano, Texas and with manufacturing facilities in Whitby, Ontario in Canada and operated as ASC Signal Division of CPI.
CPI already took ownership of the limited-motion satellite antenna family from Viasat, Inc, in March 2018. Viasat transferred a range of limited-motion antennas at sizes including 6m, 7.3m, 9.1m, 11.3m, 13.5m and 16/18m, plus a 3.9m truck-mounted antenna, all designed for multi-band operation at C, Ku and DBS frequency bands. These products were integrated into the CPI ASD satcom product line.
Kratos acquired ASC Signal from CPI since this company acquired SATCOM Technologies, the antenna systems business of General Dynamics in August 2019. This acquisition was to be finalized before end of 2019 but U.S. Justice Department required CPI to divest its ASC Signal Division. Without CPI’s divesture of ASC Signal, there would be significant less competition for large earth station antennas in the USA and the deal would give CPI a monopoly on the antenna business in the US. Kratos Defense & Security Solutions acquired the ASC Signal division from CPI, Inc. for 35 million USD in cash.
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