Microsemi targets military RF and microwave applications with acquisition of AML Communications
IRVINE, Calif., 31 May 2011. Leaders of Microsemi Corp., a high-reliability semiconductor manufacturer headquartered in Irvine, Calif., completed their company's acquisition of AML Communications Inc. in Camarillo, Calif., on Friday in an effort to boost Microsemi's expertise as a supplier of military RF and microwave components and subsystems. AML specializes in microwave amplifiers and subsystems for defense electronics applications. Microsemi (Nasdaq:MSCC) signed an agreement last month to acquire AML Communications (OTCBB:AMLJ) for $28 million after outbidding microwave component manufacturer Anaren Inc. in East Syracuse, N.Y.
AML is a major supplier of RF and microwave components to the Raytheon Co. Missile Systems segment in Tucson, Ariz., on the U.S. Air Force Miniature Air Launched Decoy (MALD) stand-in electronic warfare jammer variant. MALD is a air-launched, programmable aerial decoy that duplicates the flight characteristics and signatures of U.S. and allied aircraft to confuse enemy air defenses.
AML also supplies microwave amplifiers to Lockheed Martin Corp. in Bethesda, Md., on the multinational Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS), a mobile air and missile defense system intended to replace Patriot anti-missile systems in the U.S. and Germany, as well as the Nike Hercules missile systems in Italy.
Over the past two years Microsemi also has acquired secure solid-state memory specialist White Electronic Designs Corp. in Phoenix, as well as field-programmable gate array (FPGA) manufacturer Actel Corp. in Mountain View, Calif.