HEICO Completes dB Control Acquisition

By Tish Drake | February 18, 2010
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HEICO Corp., based in Miami, completed its acquisition of dB Control, a Fremont, Calif.-based manufacturer Traveling Wave Tube Amplifiers (TWTA), Microwave Power Modules (MPM) and other high-power devices used in defense and commercial applications. Terms and financial details were not disclosed.

dB Control’s TWTAs and MPMs are used predominantly in radar, electronic warfare, on-board jamming and countermeasure systems in aircraft, ships and detection platforms deployed by U.S. and allied non-U.S. military forces. The company also produces high-voltage power supplies found in satellite communication, medical and industrial x-ray systems. dB Control’s products are typically associated with radar-enabled high-power threat detection, avoidance and targeting platforms such as the Predator, Reaper, Fire Scout, Sky Warrior and Global Hawk UAVs. dB Control’s products are also used onboard the MH-60 Knighthawk/Seahawk helicopters, B-52, AC-130, MC-130, MC-12 Project Liberty and other aircraft.

“dB Control is a unique company which offers HEICO more participation in a growing part of both U.S. and non-U.S. defense budgets. In the U.S. Department of Defense Quadrennial Defense Review eleased two weeks ago, the Department of Defense made clear its intention to continue to rely more on high power radar and electronic warfare systems by dramatically increasing the size of its UAV fleet and by adding to other threat detection capabilities. We believe dB Control’s
strong position in these growing markets, combined with its high technology capabilities, should provide for additional growth,” said Laurans A. Mendelson, HEICO’s chairman and CEO.

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