Clear Align announced on October 16 the acquisition of optical and electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) systems and lens design, fabrication and coating capabilities from General Dynamics Mission Systems.
The acquisition positions Clear Align as a front runner in military and homeland security surveillance, while expanding the company’s advanced imaging skills to include full systems integration, the company said. Within three weeks of the acquisition, Clear Align consolidated their Hudson, New Hampshire operation into a new Nashua facility.
“Adding capabilities to our existing intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance expertise enabled us to further broaden our portfolio of solutions serving the tactical ISR community,” stated Scott Payette, general manager of the Nashua operation. “Combining operations expands our ability to provide quick-turn projects from components to payload.”
“Our existing customers are excited about how this acquisition is going to streamline operations and provide them with reduced lead-times and better communication from a fully vertically integrated company,” noted Angelique Irvin, CEO of Clear Align. “Our position as an innovator, especially in high definition and long range imaging, differentiates us as a partner who continues to deliver our ruggedized IRZoom lenses already deployed in the thousands.”
Source: Clear Align