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General Atomics announced completion of the acquisition of Guidestar Optical Systems, Inc., on 28 October. The business will be integrated into GA’s Electromagnetic Systems (EMS) group.

Guidestar, founded in 2013, is an optical systems R&D company focused on design and development of innovative optical solutions for use in directed energy, free space laser communications, and sensing and imaging through optical turbulence. Its capabilities align directly with GA-EMS’ focus on delivering groundbreaking technologies for the defence and space markets.

Scott Forney, GA-EMS President, commented that the acquisition will “[…] further enhance our diverse portfolio of laser technologies […] Guidestar’s expertise in adaptive optics has led to significant advancements in laser communications, high-energy laser technologies, ISR, and atmospheric measurement and forecasting. This acquisition expands our ability to design, build, test, and deliver an extensive set of optical technologies to our customers.”

Guidestar’s adaptive optics will complement existing GA-EMS competencies. (Photo: Guidestar)

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