November 15, 2012      

For an undisclosed amount, Lockheed Martin has acquired Chandler/May Inc., a Huntsville company that designs, develops and manufacturers unmanned aerial systems. Chandler/May, Inc. will become part of Lockheed Martin?s Mission Systems & Sensors (MS2) business. MS2 has experience in the area of unmanned systems including the K-MAX unmanned helicopter, Desert Hawk UAV, and Persistent Threat Detection System aerostats.

The Desert Hawk was designed and produced by Chandler/May subsidiary AME, but sold to militaries under Lockheed’s Skunk Works brand.Lockheed Martin, which employs 120,000 people worldwide, reported net sales of $46.5 billion in 2011.

Lockheed has emphasized the value of acquiring Chandler/May’s ground control system technology, but declined to say whether they intend to integrate Lockheed’s own UAVs.

“This acquisition expands our offerings in support of our customers’ increased emphasis on advanced unmanned systems for the C4ISR missions, ” said Lockheed Martin Chairman and chief executive, Bob Stevens.

As a proven ground control station integrator, Chandler/May, Inc. has delivered hundreds of integrated command and control shelters and portable ground control stations in support of U.S. Army UAS programs.

They have produced more than 2,200 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), including the Desert Hawk UAV, a programme for which Chandler/May is a supplier to Lockheed Martin. Chandler/May, Inc. has also developed a fully integrated UAS, consisting of the Fury UAV, SharkFin Mission & Flight Control System and Tactical Air Vehicle Control System (TACS) ground control station.

“At Chandler/May, we have developed a highly talented workforce and created a portfolio of innovative products supporting our defense and intelligence customers,” Jesse May, president of Chandler/May Inc., said in a statement. “Joining Lockheed Martin is a logical step to expand our current offerings and provides opportunities to reach additional customers.”