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September 21, 2010

Teledyne Acquires Maker of Gavia Autonomous Underwater Vehicle

By Anil Sharma, TMCnet Contributor

Teledyne Benthos, Inc., a subsidiary of Teledyne Technologies Incorporated, has acquired Icelandic maker Hafmynd Ehf, which designs and manufactures the Gavia, an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) that is capable of carrying out complex survey missions for commercial, scientific and defense applications.

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Teledyne officials said that the Gavia AUV’s modular architecture enables sensors to be easily integrated and lithium ion battery packs to be exchanged in the field. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“The acquisition of Hafmynd and its key technologies will broaden Teledyne’s portfolio of underwater solutions,” said Robert Mehrabian, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Teledyne, in a statement.

Mehrabian said that the surveying capabilities of the Gavia AUV complement the company’s current underwater product offerings: APEX profilers for observation, Slocum Glider for monitoring, and MiniROVER for inspection.

He said that Teledyne intends to maintain a presence in Iceland with a focus on AUV research and development, testing and service, as well as providing support for other Teledyne Marine businesses.

“Hafmynd will operate as Teledyne Gavia Ehf,” said Mehrabian.

Teledyne Technologies is a provider of sophisticated electronic subsystems, instrumentation and communication products, engineered systems, aerospace engines, and energy and power generation systems.

Teledyne Technologies’ operations are primarily located in the United States, the United Kingdom and Mexico.

Back in August, Teledyne Brown Engineering, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Teledyne Technologies, Inc., had announced that it had significantly increased its manufacturing capabilities with the acquisition of CML Group in the U.K., a manufacturer of precision machined structures and composites for the aerospace industry.

CML Group was part of Intelek Plc, which was acquired by Teledyne Technologies, Inc., in July.

The new company operates under the name Teledyne CML Group Ltd. and is operationally integrated with Teledyne Brown Engineering in Huntsville, Ala.


Anil Sharma is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anil’s articles, please visit his columnist page.