CACI International [CACI] on Thursday said it completed its $275 million acquisition of optical communications technology provider SA Photonics in a deal that complements its existing free space optical (FSO) communications capabilities for U.S. government and commercial customers.
CACI said the acquisition allows it to address a broader market from high-end manned flight programs to low-Earth orbiting satellites sought by the Space Development Agency and the U.S. Space Force.
The acquisition adds two significant production facilities in California and Florida. CACI already has production capacity in New Jersey. CACI said both companies bring research and development capabilities to FSO, and light detection and ranging sensing technology.
CACI, which first announced the deal in November, said that SA Photonics’ technology offers low size, weight, power and cost solutions for the transmission of data 25 times faster than current radio frequency systems while using payloads that are half the size.
“Together, our combined transformative technology and advanced manufacturing enables us to deliver innovation in laser communications for customers ranging from national security to human spaceflight and across all domains,” John Mengucci, CACI’s president and CEO, said in a statement.