Aerospace/Military/HS

Defense Supplier SAIC Acquires Sensing Systems Developer AETC

November 9, 2006

AETC's expertise in basic physics, signal processing and systems engineering complements SAIC's antisubmarine warfare sensor systems capabilities. It also expands SAIC's capabilities in the unexploded ordnance and counter mining.


SAN DIEGO and MCLEAN, Va., /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) has acquired AETC Inc., developer of acoustic, non-acoustic, radar, and electromagnetic remote sensing techniques and systems for underwater, underground, and above-ground applications for the U.S. Department of Defense. AETC also provides analytical support, physical modeling services, algorithm and processing system development, performance characterization, and system engineering support for a wide variety of sensing, detection, and decision-support systems.

The acquisition strengthens SAIC's capabilities as a lead system developer and integrator for next-generation antisubmarine warfare systems and provides opportunities for growth in the areas of buried object detection and classification. "AETC and SAIC have teamed up to address some of our customers' most difficult technical problems, and these collaborations have resulted in innovative approaches that have aided and directly influenced the programs involved," said Joseph Sabatini, former president and chief executive officer of AETC. "This acquisition will essentially create an ongoing collaboration among SAIC employees to benefit our customers."

"AETC has a highly qualified workforce in basic physics, signal processing and systems engineering that complements SAIC's antisubmarine warfare sensor systems capabilities," said Peter Mikhalevsky, SAIC senior vice president and operations manager in the Research, Development, Test and Evaluation Group. "The acquisition also will expand our expertise in the unexploded ordnance and counter mine business areas."

The company's 46 employees will transition into SAIC's Research, Development, Test and Evaluation Group. Terms of the acquisition agreement were not disclosed.

SAIC is provides scientific, engineering, systems integration and technical services and solutions to all branches of the U.S. military, agencies of the Department of Defense, the intelligence community, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and other U.S. Government civil agencies, as well as to customers in selected commercial markets. With more than 43,000 employees in over 150 cities worldwide, SAIC engineers and scientists solve complex technical challenges requiring innovative solutions for customers' mission-critical functions. SAIC had annual revenues of $7.8 billion for its fiscal year ended January 31, 2006.

 

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