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CPI buys sensor pod maker AdamWorks

AdamWorks manufactures the AgilePod, which can be mounted on aircraft to carry sensors. (US Air Force Research Laboratory)

US-based Communications & Power Industries (CPI) has expanded its airborne product line by acquiring AdamWorks LLC, which manufactures composite structures for military, commercial, and business aircraft, CPI announced on 9 May.

AdamWorks co-founder and CEO Kim Madigan will continue to run the Centennial, Colorado-based company, which will become part of the Radant Technologies Division within CPI's Satcom & Antenna Technologies business unit. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

AdamWorks' defence products include pods and radomes that house sensors, and fairings that cover gaps and spaces in aircraft structures. Its wares have flown on such military platforms as the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), the Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk UAV, the Airbus C295 transport plane, and the Northrop Grumman E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS) ground surveillance plane.

The acquisition follows CPI's purchase of ground radome manufacturer Electronic Space Systems Corporation (ESSCO) from L3Harris Technologies in November 2021. Earlier acquisitions include radar parts provider TMD Technologies in July 2021, and General Dynamics' ground station antenna business in 2020.

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