The extreme operating environments and stringent demands of aerospace and defense applications require optical platforms to deliver uncompromising performance, precision, and reliability – from systems all the way down to the component level. Such high standards demand a level of expertise and control over the design, manufacturing, and assembly of optical systems that individual component suppliers can struggle to provide.
As a leading global supplier of advanced optical solutions, G&H recognized the most effective way to resolve this challenge for customers was to extend our capabilities further up the value chain. Our solution began with a string of strategic acquisitions that added Kent Periscopes, StingRay Optics, and Gould Fiber Optics into the G&H fold, followed by an internal alignment of the complementary technologies and manufacturing synergies that these companies brought.
Expanded and realigned, G&H can now confidently provide higher-level optical assembly or system solutions and innovate new solutions for aerospace and defense contractors. Our more vertically integrated structure also optimizes our ability to leverage broader research, design, and manufacturing synergies across our business and enable customers to achieve greater profitability through lower execution costs and higher margins.
Acquired by G&H in 2016, Kent Periscopes’ product range continues to be sold under the Kent brand.. But the addition of Kent gained us more than a portfolio of electro-optic sighting systems for armored fighting vehicles (AFVs). The subsequent alignment of our two businesses combined G&H’s extensive offering of precision optic components with Kent’s systems integration and testing expertise. What emerged from this union is a more vertically integrated enterprise better positioned to offer end-to-end design, manufacturing, and testing support for optical solutions in the global aerospace and defense industry.
G&H’s acquisition of US-based StingRay Optics two years ago occurred against the backdrop of a new wave of interest in infrared imaging for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) missions for aerospace and defense. The immediate benefits were a significantly diversified portfolio of infrared optics, expanded production capacity, and streamlined access to the US aerospace and defense market through broader compliance with International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). The most important gain, however, was the emergence of a new, more vertically integrated industry resource able to help prime contractor customers consolidate their supply chains, improve margins, and ensure product quality.
With G&H’s acquisition of Gould Fiber Optics last year, we not only complemented our active fiber optic solutions with a broad new portfolio of passive fiber components, we also extended G&H’s value along two important vectors: We opened new opportunities in regional aerospace and defense markets, and enabled our company to capture a larger portion of that industry’s value chain.