On February 6, 2015, Harris Corporation announced the acquisition of Exelis, Inc. Exelis is a diversified, top-tier global aerospace, defense, information and services company that leverages a 50-year legacy of deep customer knowledge and technical expertise to deliver affordable, mission-critical solutions for global customers.
They are leaders in positioning and navigation, sensors, air traffic management solutions, image processing and distribution, communications and information systems; and focus on strategic growth in the areas of critical networks, ISR and analytics, electronic warfare and composite aerostructures.Excelis is headquartered in McLean, Virginia, and employs approximately 10,000 people.
“Acquiring Exelis is transformational for Harris,” said William M. Brown, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Harris. “The combination of the two companies’ highly complementary core franchises creates a competitively stronger company with significantly greater scale. We are expanding in a market, where we have decades of success and a workforce dedicated to providing our customers with innovative and cost-effective solutions for some of their most complex challenges.”
“This agreement to become part of Harris Corporation represents an exciting new chapter for Exelis,” said David F. Melcher, chief executive officer and president of Exelis. “Combining the companies not only creates shareholder value, but the commitment to excellence and innovation that both companies share will significantly benefit customers and provide new opportunities for employees.”