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Ultra Electronics Command & Sonar Systems Awarded Contract to Supply Sonar Type 2150 to the First Three of Eight Planned UK Royal Navy Type 26 Frigates

Ultra Electronics Command & Sonar Systems has been contracted by the UK Ministry of Defence to supply its Sonar 2150 Hull Mount Sonar, featuring active and extended wideband passive performance, for installation to the Royal Navy’s latest Type 26 Frigate.


Ultra is currently contract to supply eight Sonar Type 2150 systems for  the UK Royal Navy Type 23 frigates, and this contract provides opportunities to further minimise through-life support and training costs. The novel Digital Array Module architecture comprises transducers with in-dome acquisition, matching and power amplification electronics.  This architecture significantly reduces the inboard footprint compared with similar sonars systems. Ultra now establishes itself as the dominant Hull Mounted ASW sonar supplier to the UK Royal Navy, with its sonar systems installed on the Type 45, Type 23 and Type 26 platforms.


Mike Williams, Managing Director of Ultra Electronics Command & Sonar Systems, commented: “We are delighted to have been awarded this significant contract, underpinning Ultra’s position as a leading ASW supplier to both the UK Royal Navy and international customers.”

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Contract awarded for Shipborne Rolling Vertical Landing system for the Royal Navy's Queen Elizabeth Aircraft Carriers

Ultra has been contracted by the UK MoD to manufacture and integrate the Shipborne Rolling Vertical Landing (SRVL) Landing Signal Officer (LSO) Situational Awareness Aid aboard the Queen Elizabeth Class platforms. The aid will provide the Lightning Team and Royal Navy LSO’s with additional visual information during an F-35b SRVL approach to allow a safe landing of the aircraft aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales.

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Ultra CSS awarded contracted by QinetiQ to support UK Open Sea Ranges

Ultra Electronics Command & Sonar Systems is delighted to announce that we have been selected by QinetiQ to provide through life engineering support for the UK Electro-Magnetic Open Sea Ranges. This will include software support, strategic stock position and preventative maintenance.

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Reginald Fessenden Challenge 2017

Command & Sonar Systems participated in the Reginald Fessenden Challenge 2017, an annual charity sailing event in support of The Not Forgotten Association. The charity provides entertainment and leisure facilities to serving and ex-service men and women that have been injured during or after service in the Royal Navy, Army or Royal Air Force. This event was supported by a number of key industry underwater warfare companies such as Atlas Elektronik (UK) Ltd, Thales and QinetiQ as well as guests from MoD and NCHQ. The Ultra crew included Tim O’Neill, Sean Bell, Stuart Riches, Mark Wildman, Mark Anderson (Head Office), Iain Robertshaw (PMES) and our guest Cdr Simon Pressdee RN, SO1 Mine Countermeasures. Despite the bad weather and with nine boats entered in the race, Ultra came an impressive second place behind TPG Maritime, with Thales in eighth place.

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Ultra awarded extension to Sonobuoy Capability contract valued at £9.7 million

Ultra Electronics announced today that its Command & Sonar Systems sonobuoy facility, based in Greenford, Middlesex, has been awarded a £9.7m contract extension for the supply and production of sonobuoys for the Royal Navy’s Merlin Mk2 Maritime Patrol Helicopter fleet.

The Group was initially awarded a contract in 2015 to supply sonobuoys for the Royal Navy’s Merlin Mk2 Maritime Patrol Helicopter. This contract extension ensures that the Royal Navy will continue to maintain a persistent Anti-Submarine Warfare surveillance capability against hostile submarines. It also enables Ultra to support future technology capability insertion and international collaboration.

Rakesh Sharma, Chief Executive of Ultra commented:
“Ultra is delighted to have secured an extension to this important contract. Our long-standing partnership with the Merlin project team has allowed us to sustain and further develop the nation’s airborne anti-submarine warfare capability, preserving a key battle-winning advantage for UK armed forces.”

Rakesh Sharma, Chief Executive 
Amitabh Sharma, Group Finance Director
020 8813 4307

Susan McErlain, Corporate Affairs Director 
07836 522 722

James White, MHP Communications 
020 3128 8756

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