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Tyco Electronics Announces Agreement to Sell Its RF Components and Subsystem Business To Cobham Plc

May 18, 2008

PEMBROKE, Bermuda, May 13 PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Tyco Electronics Ltd. (NYSE: TEL)(BSX: TEL) today announced that the company has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Radio Frequency Components and Subsystem business to Cobham Defense Electronic Systems, a subsidiary of Cobham plc, for $425 million in cash. The transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals and is expected to close by the end of calendar year 2008.

The sale of the Radio Frequency Components and Subsystem business is consistent with Tyco Electronics' strategy to divest certain businesses in an effort to streamline its portfolio and reallocate resources to its core operations. This business, which formerly was part of Tyco Electronics' Wireless Systems segment, is classified as a discontinued operation and the results of the business are reported accordingly. The Radio Frequency Components and Subsystem business, with approximately 2,000 employees primarily located at 11 locations throughout the U.S. and Europe, designs, manufactures and markets amplifiers, antennas, attenuators, diodes, signal generators, limiters, transistors, modulators and mixers; and microwave and millimeter wave integrated circuits for the aerospace, defense and commercial markets.


Tyco Electronics Ltd. is a leading global provider of engineered electronic components, network solutions, undersea telecommunication systems and wireless systems, with 2007 sales of US$13.0 billion to customers in more than 150 countries. We design, manufacture and market products for customers in industries from automotive, appliance and aerospace and defense to telecommunications, computers and consumer electronics. With over 7,000 engineers and worldwide manufacturing, sales and customer service capabilities, Tyco Electronics' commitment is our customers' advantage. More information on Tyco Electronics can be found at


Cobham plc is an international company engaged in the development, delivery and support of advanced aerospace and defence systems for land, sea and air platforms. The Company specialises in the provision of components, sub-systems and services that keep people safe, improve communications and enhance the performance of aerospace and defence platforms.

Cobham Defense Electronic Systems (CDES) designs and manufactures microwave components, integrated assemblies and sub-systems for the US Department of Defense and other military and government customers around the world. It is a leading developer of all classes of air, ground and shipboard antenna subsystems, positioners, radomes, high-power microwave components and integrated assemblies, and is the market leader for many niche microwave products. CDES is also the world leader in advanced tactical military vehicle intercom systems and soldier and ground vehicle situation awareness products.

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