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SES wraps DRS purchase

August 2, 2022

By Chris Forrester

SES has completed the purchase of DRS Global Enterprise Solutions (DRS GES). The company is a leader in supplying satellite capacity to the US Government and military.

The DRS GES business will be combined with SES Government Solutions to create a scaled solutions provider serving the multi-orbit satellite communications needs of the US Government and supporting missions anywhere on land, at sea, or in the air.

SES says: “With the combined businesses operating as SES Government Solutions, the new organisation will comprise a cross-functional workforce with deep technical expertise and a proven ability to integrate and manage multi-orbit geostationary and medium earth orbit (MEO) services as well as multi-operator network solutions. In particular, SES GS will offer highly flexible second-generation MEO services – via SES’s soon-to-be launched O3b mPOWER system – with a unique combination of low latency and high throughput per terminal for high-value missions, to an expanded government customer base. SES GS will also leverage essential tools and expertise in cybersecurity operations, customer support, governance and compliance. The combined business will continue to serve US Government customers under the direction of the SES GS Proxy Board of Directors.”

There’s a financial benefit with the consolidation of DRS GES with SES GS being expected to unlock $25 million of annualised run-rate synergies, with government becoming SES’s largest data business segment in terms of revenue.

The combined business will be led by David Fields, as appointed by the SES GS Proxy Board. Fields has over 30 years of experience in the satellite communications and IT services industries, and joins SES GS from DRS GES.

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