TAMPA, Fla. — U.S. manufacturing giant Honeywell plans to buy defense electronics maker CAES for $1.9 billion to enhance its military hardware for space and other domains.

Honeywell said June 20 it had agreed an all-cash deal to buy the Arlington, Virginia-based company from private equity firm Advent International.

CAES (Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions) is part of Cobham, a British defense and aerospace contractor that Advent bought for about $5 billion in 2020.

Advent sold Cobham’s space-related assets to a separate private equity firm three years later. The sale to Honeywell does not include the remaining part of Cobham that Advent still owns, Cobham Satcom, which provides ground-based terminals for satellite communications.

Still, Honeywell said it sees opportunities to use radio frequency technology from CAES to improve its defense offerings across space, land, sea and air.

The company said the technology it is acquiring also includes new electromagnetic defense solutions for end-to-end RF signal management. 

The acquisition, subject to regulatory approvals Honeywell expects to get before the end of this year, would also come with 2,200 employees and 13 facilities across North America.

Honeywell, which is helping qualify satellite laser communications terminals for the Pentagon’s Space Development Agency, is present in multiple markets, including aviation and energy. The group reported $36.7 billion in revenue for 2023.

In March, Honeywell announced plans to buy Civitanavi Systems, which provides position navigation and timing technology for the aerospace, defense and industrial markets, in a $200 million deal.

Honeywell has also recently completed a $5 billion acquisition of Carrier Global’s digital security solutions business.

Jason Rainbow writes about satellite telecom, space finance and commercial markets for SpaceNews. He has spent more than a decade covering the global space industry as a business journalist. Previously, he was Group Editor-in-Chief for Finance Information...