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Outline History of Astronics Test Systems

1950   Racal Ltd. founded in UK (later Racal Electronics Group PLC)

1959   Racal Instruments founded as part of Racal Electronics Group PLC

1961   Dana Labs founded in California

1974   DME Corporation founded in Ft. Lauderdale, FL

1977   Racal Electronics Group PLC buys Dana Labs and forms Racal-Dana, Inc.

1990   Racal-Dana, Inc changes its name to Racal Instruments, Inc.

1992   DME Corporation opens office in Orlando, FL

2000   Thomson-CSF acquires the entire Racal Electronics Group of companies, including Racal Instruments, Inc.

2000   Thomson-CSF changes its name to Thales

2001   Racal Instruments, Inc. becomes an independent company after a leveraged buyout from Thales

2004   EADS North America acquires Racal Instruments, Inc. and combines it with the former Access Research Corp (ARC) to form EADS North America Defense Test and Services, Inc.

2005   EADS North America acquires Talon Instruments and folds it into EADS North America Defense Test and Services, Inc.

2008   The word "Defense" is dropped from the company name and EADS North America Test and Services becomes a division of EADS North America

2008   DME Corporation acquired by Astronics Corporation and renamed Astronics DME Corporation

2009   TYX, an EADS North America company, is folded into EADS North America Test and Services

2010   EADS North America acquires Trig-Tek, Inc. and folds it into EADS North America Test and Services

2014   Astronics Corporation acquires EADS North America Test and Services, and combines it with the Astronics DME Orlando office to form Astronics Test Systems