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Cobham Lands $72M in Contracts for Huntington Beach Unit

The recently acquired Huntington Beach operations of U.K.-based aerospace manufacturer Cobham Plc has landed two contracts worth about $72 million to make specialized military antennas.

The Huntington Beach division recently secured an extension of a contract worth $60.7 million from the U.S. Navy Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command to provide ultra-high-frequency satellite communication antenna systems and related products.

The deal with the Navy is expected to boost work for local suppliers, a company spokesman said.

Antennas

The Huntington Beach unit also announced a six-year deal worth up to $12 million to supply satellite communications antennas for Thales Communications Inc.’s radio systems.

Thales Communications, the Maryland-based unit of French electronics company Thales Group, makes communications equipment and software for the defense industry. The deal holds the potential for as much as $2 million in annual revenue, Cobham said.

Cobham purchased the Huntington Beach unit, known as Trivec-Avant Corp., for $126 million in cash in September. As much as $18 million could be added to the price based on performance benchmarks.

Trivec-Avant makes advanced antenna systems used in satellite communications and found in radios, vehicles and warships, and carried by military ground forces.

Huntington Beach

It operated out of Huntington Beach for more than two decades, where it does manufacturing and assembly. The company posted an operating profit of $22.4 million in 2010.

The Cobham unit has a work force of 65 people, comprised of engineers, manufacturing personnel and administrative workers. The recent contracts are not expected to lead to new hires.

Cobham Plc employs more than 11,000 people worldwide.

It counts customers and partners in more than 100 countries and sees annual revenue of $3 billion, according to its website.

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