HEICO Corporation and its Electronic Technologies Group have made major inroads into the microwave industry by acquiring most of the assets and certain liabilities of dB Control, a leading supplier of traveling-wave-tube amplifiers (TWTAs) and microwave power modules (MPMs) based on vacuum-tube technology. These high-power products are widely used in both commercial and military transmitters, including in military radars, jammers, and electronic-warfare (EW) systems. Founded in 1990 and based in Fremont, CA, dB Control employs approximately 125 people. Joseph Hajduk, dB Control's Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), will continue to head the company as CEO.
According to Laurans A. Mendelson, HEICO's Chairman and CEO, "dB Control is a unique company that offers HEICO more participation in a growing part of both US and non-US defense budgets. In the US Department of Defense Quadrennial Defense Review released two weeks ago, the Department of Defense made clear its intention to continue to rely more on high-power radar and electronic warfare systems by dramatically increasing the size of its UAV fleet and by adding to other threat-detection capabilities. We believe dB Control's strong position in these growing markets, combined with its high-technology capabilities, should provide for additional growth."