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California Microwave deal completed

April 30, 1999

Northrop Grumman Corp.'s ownership of the California Microwave spy plane plant in Hagerstown will not affect its operations, a spokesman for the major defense contractor said Friday.

Los Angeles-based Northrop Grumman Corp.'s acquisition of the Information Systems Division of Sunnyvale, Calif.-based California Microwave Inc. was completed April 26, said Northrop Grumman spokesman Jack Martin Jr.

The $93 million deal gave Northrop Grumman the California Microwave name as well as the division's facilities, including the Hagerstown plant, Martin said.

California Microwave Inc. changed its name to Adaptive Broadband Corp., he said.

The deal will have no effect on the division's roughly 480 employees, including about 110 workers in Hagerstown, Martin said.

Based on business forecasts, the company isn't contemplating any work force reductions in the near future, he said.

The plant, at Top Flight Air Park near Hagerstown Regional Airport, modifies standard commuter planes with high-tech surveillance equipment used by the U.S. Army.

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The new business unit, called California Microwave Systems, will continue to be headquartered in Belcamp, Md., Martin said.

It is a component of Northrop Grumman's Baltimore-based Systems Development and Technology Division, he said.

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