Research and Development


Research and Development (R&D)

At Ultra, R&D is naturally split between Internal and Customer funded programmes.

We are rightly proud of a long track record with Defence Science and Technology Laboratories (DSTL), and in particular, our history with significant industry leaders and academia. 


The main areas of research are in Unmanned and Autonomous sonar systems with an emphasis on extensive persistence in data gathering. This is supplemented with the application of increasing artificial intelligence and high-end automation to reduce operator and command workload.

Ultra has a future looking Eco-system that comprises a network of Universities and SMEs. Through Ultra’s own academic research fund Ultra develops relationships with key Universities that give it a natural horizon scan of emerging technology. In the past our activity has involved Southampton, Cranfield, Newcastle and Liverpool, which has included taking part in Industry Advisory Groups, and mentoring specific student projects up to PhD level.

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