Lockheed buys maker of software for UAV control stations

Lockheed Martin has acquired CDL Systems, a developer of software for vehicle control stations used with unmanned systems, Lockheed Martin said Dec. 21. Terms were not disclosed.

The Bethesda, Md.-based defense contractor bought CDL to further its ability to meet its customers' growing need for mission critical unmanned vehicle capabilities, Lockheed Martin officials said. CDL Systems will be added to Lockheed Martin's Mission Systems and Training (MST) business, where it will be integrated with other recent acquisitions such as Chandler/May and Procerus Technologies, they said.

CDL, which has offices in Calgary, Alberta, and Huntsville, Ala., manufactures open, standards-based, and commercial off-the-shelf software products that are uesd in multiple unmanned vehicle platforms, Lockheed Martin said. 

Lockheed Martin recently announced that it plans to reorganize its Electronic Systems business area into two new business areas and create the MST and Missiles and Fire Control business areas effective Dec. 31.  The MST business area will have 19,000 employees and will be headquartered in Washington, D.C.

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