BlueHalo on Tuesday said it has agreed to acquire Design and Development Engineering Services Corp. (DDES), which designs and manufactures electronic systems and subsystems for Class A spacecraft used in military and national security applications.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
DDES, which is based in Albuquerque, N.M., “has decades of experience and critical expertise developing radiation-hardened, space-qualified systems and has developed a reputation of excellence across their customer set who depend on DDES’ high-reliability, high-performance systems,” BlueHalo said. It also said that DDES will add to its capabilities in space-qualified hardware, laser communications systems and directed energy.
BlueHalo is a portfolio company of the private equity firm
Arlington Capital Partners, which created the company last October through the acquisition of five small defense companies and combining them to focus on space superiority, directed energy, missile defense, C4IR, cyber and intelligence mission solutions.
Combined, BlueHalo and DDES have more than 250 systems flown on orbit.
The pending deal also expands BlueHalo’s footprint in Albuquerque.
“DDES’ strong customer relationships and deep technical expertise make the company an excellent addition to the BlueHalo platform,” Henry Albers, a vice president at Arlington Capital, said in a statement. “With access to BlueHalo’s infrastructure and resources, DDES will have additional scale to better meet the accelerating demand for its high-reliability space systems.”