BAE Systems signs agreement to acquire Ball Aerospace

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BAE Systems has signed a definitive agreement for the proposed acquisition of Ball Aerospace for approximately $5.55bn (£4.3bn).

BAE said the Ball Aerospace legacy of achieving advances in national security space architecture, mission-enabling technologies, and scientific discoveries are complementary to BAE Systems’ portfolio and culture. 

And BAE noted the proposed acquisition of Ball Aerospace "represents an exceptional opportunity" to acquire a high quality, technology-based business with market leading space and defence capabilities to solve our customers’ greatest challenges.

“This marquee acquisition would advance our company’s position in some of the fastest growing segments of the defense market and further increase our alignment with enduring customer priorities in both the U.S. National Defense Strategy and U.S. Intelligence Strategy.

"Ball Aerospace’s world-class products, capabilities and deep customer relationships would enhance our existing portfolio in areas including space, C4ISR and missile systems,” said Tom Arseneault, president and CEO of BAE Systems, Inc.

“We believe BAE Systems and Ball Aerospace share a culture of mission-driven innovation and operational excellence. We look forward to sustaining the historic legacy of Ball Aerospace and investing in its future.”

Ball Aerospace’s space related programs account for approximately 70% of its 2023E revenues of $2.2bn, with the balance attributable to mission-enabling technologies and R&D for the warfighter across land, sea and air domains. The acquisition of Ball Aerospace would provide a robust platform for accelerating our space strategy.

BAE said Ball Aerospace has a long and distinguished track record as a proven partner and pioneering innovator, with expertise in spacecraft, mission payloads, optical systems, conformal antennas, and electronically steered arrays.

With trusted customer relationships among the intelligence community, U.S. Department of Defense and civilian space market, BAE said the Ball Aerospace team supports the delivery of a broad set of products and differentiating technologies to meet growing customer demands.

The proposed transaction is subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, including required regulatory approvals.