Madison Dearborn and CoVant Management-owned AEVEX Aerospace, has acquired two California-based companies: IKHANA Aircraft Services and Geodetics Incorporated. No financial terms were disclosed. KAL Capital Markets served as financial advisor to Geodetics on the deal. Alston IKHANA is a provider of aircraft engineering, modification, and maintenance solutions while Geodetics is a maker of high-precision positioning and assured navigation products and solutions.
SOLANA BEACH, Calif.— AEVEX Aerospace announced today its acquisitions of IKHANA Aircraft Services and Geodetics Incorporated. IKHANA Aircraft Services, headquartered in Murrieta, California, is a full-service provider of aircraft engineering, modification, and maintenance solutions. Geodetics Incorporated, headquartered in San Diego, California, designs, develops, and manufactures commercial high-precision positioning and assured navigation products and solutions.
“We are thrilled to welcome both of these great companies into the AEVEX family,” said Brian Raduenz, AEVEX CEO. “Each brings unique, world-class capabilities that are consistent with our strategic vision to offer our customers the full spectrum of airborne ISR solutions—from systems engineering and technology integration to mission operations and data collection, analysis, and dissemination.”
IKHANA has a long history of engineering, modification, and certification of both jet and turboprop aircraft with extensive experience on a variety of commercial and special-mission aircraft. Geodetics builds a suite of low size, weight, and power (SWaP) products for high-precision, assured positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) that are readily adaptable to any system requiring high-fidelity solutions. Additionally, Geodetics produces application-specific LiDAR mapping and photogrammetry solutions.
“When we looked at how to take IKHANA to the next level of growth, AEVEX was the obvious choice,” said John Zublin, President and CEO of IKHANA. “The capability and cultural fit are compelling, and our combined expertise will offer unmatched agility and tailored support to a wide range of customers.”
“The demand for our solutions is growing dramatically, and a combination with AEVEX is the logical next step for us,” said Dr. Lydia Bock, President and CEO of Geodetics. “AEVEX shares our passion for quality and performance and provides unique insights and access for the continued evolution of our solutions to meet the needs of both civilian and national security customers.”
Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP served as legal counsel to IKHANA. Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Crowell & Moring LLP served as legal counsel to AEVEX in support of its acquisition of IKHANA.
KAL Capital Markets served as financial advisor and Boyle Law served as legal counsel to Geodetics. Alston & Bird LLP and Crowell & Moring LLP served as legal counsel to AEVEX in support of its acquisition of Geodetics.
About AEVEX Aerospace
AEVEX Aerospace, headquartered in Solana Beach, California, supports the U.S. national security mission around the world by providing full-spectrum airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance solutions. The company’s capabilities include custom design and engineering, sensor integration and sustainment, aircraft modification and certification, mission operations services, advanced intelligence data processing, exploitation, and dissemination solutions, and tailored hardware and software mission-system tools. With over 600 professionals, AEVEX uses agile and customized approaches to rapidly define, develop and deliver specialized solutions for airborne intelligence requirements to DoD, other government agencies, and commercial businesses. AEVEX has major offices in California, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Ohio, and Virginia.
About IKHANA Aircraft Services
IKHANA Aircraft Services is a leading provider of DESIGN-BUILD-FLY solutions for jet and turboprop aircraft and specializes in the complete design, manufacture, installation, and certification of complex modifications and major repairs. Headquartered in Murrieta, California, IKHANA holds FAA, EASA and TCCA Aircraft Maintenance Organization (AMO) authority as well as FAA Parts Manufacturer Approval (FAA PMA). Working with both the FAA Aircraft Certification and Military Aircraft Certification Offices, IKHANA has designed, installed, and certified numerous aircraft modifications and repairs for both Part 23 and Part 25 aircraft, including Gulfstreams, King Airs and Twin Otters. IKHANA holds over two dozen significant Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs).
About Geodetics Incorporated
Geodetics Incorporated is a leading provider of positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) and sensor fusion technology solutions. Headquartered in San Diego, California, Geodetics has a deep engineering team with decades of experience in solutions design, engineering, prototyping, customization, and production backed by an extensive IP portfolio. Geodetics’ expertise in sensor fusion, inertial/relative navigation, interferometry, mobile mapping, LiDAR electrical/mechanical engineering, artificial intelligence, and fuzzy logic produces high quality, innovative solutions for both commercial and military applications.