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Bigelow Advises Tactical Communications Group, LLC on its Acquisition by Curtiss-Wright Corporation

Tactical Communications Group, LLC (TCG) announced it has been acquired by Curtiss-Wright Corporation (CW) (NYSE:CW).   TCG is a leading global provider of tactical data link (TDL) software and hardware solutions to military operating and training units, government testing organizations, and prime defense contractors.  Curtiss-Wright is a global innovative company that delivers highly engineered, critical function products and services to the commercial, industrial, defense, and energy markets. This transaction is the successful culmination of an initiative led by Bigelow LLC.

Founded in 2001 and headquartered in Tewksbury, Massachusetts, TCG (www.g2tcg.com) is a recognized leader in tactical data link software solutions for military communications systems around the world.  TCG provides a complete ecosystem for enhancing the value of deployed data link systems. These software solutions allow platform integrators to validate their links, provide more valuable data services on their networks, and utilize comprehensive analytics, simulation, scripting, and visualization of the network data to drive effective training and situational awareness solutions. Their products help to secure and exchange wireless communications, including voice, imagery, text, and command and control messages, between various platforms such as ships, aircraft, weapons, and ground vehicles, and by dismounted soldiers.

“We are proud to have become a significant member of the world-wide TDL community and to have developed a suite of leading testing and operational software platforms, for Link 16 and others TDLs, including BOSS®, LinkPRO®, GTS®, and HUNTR that have gained global acceptance over the past 18 years. By joining forces with Curtiss-Wright, we will be able to combine our engineering and software expertise into a broader set of solutions for our ever-increasing customer base.” Michael Hiney, President & CEO Tactical Communications Group, LLC

Headquartered in Davidson, North Carolina, Curtiss-Wright Corporation (www.curtisswright.com) is a $2.5 billion revenue global diversified industrial company built on long-standing customer relationships, leading market positions, and innovative technologies. CW’s legacy dates back to 1929 with the merger of companies founded by aviation pioneers Glenn Curtiss and the Wright Brothers.  The company employs approximately 9,000 people worldwide.

“This acquisition yields significant opportunities for growth by enhancing our existing flight test instrumentation offering with complementary tactical data link processing software, analytics and visualization capabilities, and also providing penetration into the tactical data link test, simulation and training markets. TCG’s proven commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) TDL software solutions minimize the time and effort required to build, integrate, test, train, and deploy effective and affordable military communications systems. Further, this transaction is consistent with our disciplined acquisition strategy and supports our long-term financial objectives to drive continued profitable growth for our shareholders.” David C. Adams, Chairman and CEO Curtiss-Wright Corporation

Originally established in 1935, Bigelow LLC (www.bigelowllc.com) is an independently owned M+A advisory boutique with a singular and passionate focus: entrepreneur owner-managed businesses. Bigelow has a reputation for having a unique understanding of the special requirements of the owner-managed, entrepreneurial operating company in building, and ultimately capturing enterprise value.

Tewksbury, Massachusetts

has been acquired by

Davidson, North Carolina

The undersigned initiated this transaction
and acted as M+A advisor to
Tactical Communications Group, LLC