US defence giant General Atomics acquires Synopta GmbH


GA Synopta: US defence major General Atomics (GA) Monday announced the acquisition of Synopta GmbH, a leader in the development and production of complex opto-electronic instrumentation for space and terrestrial applications.

“Synopta’s pioneering expertise and innovative developments in communication, beam control, pointing assemblies, and stationary and transportable optical ground systems will supplement the diverse portfolio of laser communications, sensors, and ground systems which enable delivery of dependable solutions to government and other customers,” Scott Forney, President of General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems Group, said in a statement sent to Defence Star.

Forney said Synopta would continue to serve its European customer base but also expand to serve customers in the United States and other countries, while contributing to GA’s systems and strategic objectives.

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Photo: Scott Forney, GA-EMS, General Atomics

Scott Forney, President, GA-EMS.

“Under its new name General Atomics Synopta GmbH, the company will form a technical center of excellence within the General Atomics group of companies,” he added.

Founded in 2004 in Eggersriet, Switzerland, Synopta develops opto-electronic instrumentation and provides strategic and technical consultancy services. 

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Synopta’s serves a range of European organizations, national agencies, and international corporations active in the fields of defense, space, and capital goods.

“We are excited about the perspectives resulting from this acquisition. While continuing to operate in the Canton of St. Gallen as a Swiss company, we now have the opportunity to demonstrate the potential of true transatlantic co-operation in the hi-tech field”, said Jens Kunde, General Manager of GA Synopta.

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