ST Engineering boosts satcom anti-jamming capabilities with $28 mil acquisition

PC Lee

SINGAPORE (Sept 17): ST Engineering is adding satellite communications (satcom) anti-jamming capabilities to its growing arsenal of defence technology.

Its US subsidiary iDirect Government has acquired 100% ownership in Glowlink Communications Technology, Inc.

Based in Mountain View, California, the United States, Glowlink delivers innovative solutions that mitigate satellite interferences and improve the quality of satcom.

The aggregate purchase consideration was US$20 million ($28 million) on a cash-free and debt-free basis.

This acquisition was carried out by way of a merger through a newly-incorporated special purpose vehicle, Intrepid Merger Sub, Inc and Glowlink, with Glowlink being the surviving entity.

According to ST Engineering’s filing, Glowlink’s satellite network management solutions can detect and remove satellite signal interferences in an increasingly dense satellite space.

“As more satellites are launched in the coming years to meet the exponentially growing demand for connectivity in smart cities, there will be a significant increase in demand for anti-jam capabilities,” says ST Engineering.

Glowlink’s products include carrier and spectrum monitoring, interference detection and mitigation, geolocation, and satellite capacity planning which will augment iDirectGov’s highly secure satellite solutions.

“This acquisition builds off the strengths of both teams to expand our satcom offerings with technology tailored to protect mission-critical communications, especially in an increasingly dense signal environment with the advent of many small satellites and 5G,” says Ravinder Singh, president of ST Engineering’s electronics unit.