Acorn Growth Companies on Thursday said it has acquired Black Sage Technologies
, a company focused on developing, integrating and deploying counter-unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for defense, government and civil applications.
Terms of the deal were not included.
Acorn said that Black Sage has deployed its C-UAS solutions for to protect fixed-sites, critical infrastructure and commercial event airspace. On its website, Idaho-based Black Sage said its customers include the Air Force, Navy, NASA, and the Departments of Homeland Security and State. Other customers include aerospace and defense prime contractors, and allied military and government customers in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, Acorn said.
Black Sage says its UASX solution uses automatic target classification, video tracking and threat prioritization to automate the C-UAS detect, identify, defeat process around the clock.
In June, Raytheon [RTN] announced a teaming arrangement with Black Sage to provide an integrated solution to mitigate threats from drones for civil, critical infrastructure and military applications worldwide (Defense Daily, June 18).
Black Sage is hardware agnostic and will integrate various sensors using its proprietary artificial intelligence-enabled target tracking and automation systems for comprehensive C-UAS solutions.
Black Sage said the deal with Acorn will provide it with more resources.
“As a technologist, having the additional financial resources and expertise of Acorn will be a force multiplier for Black Sage to further enable the rapid development of counter-UAS technologies that keep our world safer, Ross Lamm, co-founder of Black Sage, said in a statement.
Acorn’s portfolio is focused exclusively on aerospace and defense companies.