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Arlington Capital Launches Defense Electronics Company Led by Former L3Harris Exec Paul Russell

Arlington Capital Partners has launched a defense electronics company after the Washington, D.C.-based private equity firm completed its purchase of two divisions that were formerly part of L3Harris Technologies‘ (NYSE: LHX) aviation systems segment.

Arlington acquired the Electron Devices and Narda Microwave-West businesses to create Stellar Systems as a standalone platform and appointed former L3Harris executive Paul Russell as CEO of the new company.

The private equity firm said Monday that Stellar will manufacture subsystems such as traveling wave tubes and nano microwave power modules for military, space, medical, scientific and industrial end market applications.

John Hahn and Nick Gritti, both executives from the Electron Devices division, will respectively serve as the new entity’s chief financial officer and executive vice president of strategy and business development.

In a separate announcement, L3Harris said it would use proceeds from the sale to buy back shares from investors.

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