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Ultra Electronics stabilised antenna platform operational on HMS MEDWAY

Ultra Electronics Command & Sonar Systems (Ultra CSS) is pleased to announce that its Stabilised Antenna Platform has been integrated onto HMS Medway and is now fully operational.

The platform provides the stability for the Scanter 4100 2D radar for air and surface surveillance. Algorithms integrated into the platform ensure the antenna maintains accurate observation capabilities in most weather conditions.

HMS Medway is the first of five new offshore River Class patrol vessels and the second one to officially enter service after HMS Forth.

The ship will now take part in final training missions ahead of her first active duties in the New Year

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Jacinto Class Patrol Vessel PS36 Achieves Successful SAT in the Philippines

Ultra Electronics Command & Sonar Systems (Ultra CSS) is pleased to announce that it has achieved a successful Sea Acceptance Trial (SAT) on Jacinto Class Patrol Vessel (JCPV) PS36 in the Manila Bay, Philippines on Thursday 16 May, supported by Leonardo and MSI.
Ultra Electronics completes acceptance tests on Jacinto Class Patrol Vessel PS36

The Ultra CSS JCPV project team has successfully worked to complete the installation integration and acceptance of the Ultra Type 1700 Electro-Optical Fire Control System, a surveillance radar and navigation instrumentation plus refurbishment of the ships 76mm and 25mm guns, delivering a fully integrated, up to date combat system to the Philippine Navy.

On completion of SAT, PS36 is now able to play its part in the annual Philippine Navy celebration day on the 17th June, which will be attended by the Philippine President.

Ultra CSS specialises in the design, integration and supply of complex naval gun fire control systems, having delivered many systems worldwide on new vessels and as part of upgrade, restoration or modernisation programmes.

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Ultra CSS awarded 10-year contract to Support Sonar Type 2170

Ultra Electronics Command & Sonar Systems has been awarded a 10-year contract with the UK Ministry of Defence for support of its fleet of 16 Surface Ship Torpedo Defence (SSTD) Systems – Sonar type 2170.

This latest order, awarded under competition in February this year, is for the continued support of the SSTD system, which was designed, developed by Ultra and supplied to the UK MOD, entering service in 2004 and supported now for more than 15 years.

Ultra CSS Managing Director, Mike Williams, said: “We are proud to receive this contract from the MOD, showing once again their confidence in Ultra’s Torpedo Defence System support capabilities. We highly value their trust in us and our ongoing relationship.”

Ultra is a pioneer and world leader in the design and delivery of naval anti-submarine warfare technology to customers worldwide. The SSTD system offers navies a total sensor to countermeasure solution and is designed to be role fitted to naval platforms as required.

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Ultra Electronics Command & Sonar Systems to supply new sonobuoys to UK MoD

Ultra Electronics Command & Sonar Systems has been awarded an order for sonobuoys (air-dropped acoustic submarine detection devices) to be produced for the UK MoD over the next three years (2019-2021).

The UK Ministry of Defence has also included an option to take additional sonobuoys for the following three years, to 2024.

This latest order builds on the long-term relationship that Ultra has with the MoD, having delivered sonobuoys to the MoD over the last 15 years.

Managing Director of Ultra Electronics Command & Sonar Systems, Mike Williams, said: “Sonobuoys remain the backbone of our business, and we are delighted to receive this order for the MoD. We highly value their trust in us and our ongoing relationship.”

Ultra began manufacturing sonobuoys at its Greenford facility in 1949 and has made nearly 1.3 million units to date.

Director Helicopters at the MoD’s procurement agency, Defence Equipment and Support, Graham Russell, said: “This contract with Ultra demonstrates how we, in Defence Equipment and Support, are building on collaborative relationships with industry to deliver innovative equipment to the UK Armed Forces. As a supplier of sonobuoys to the UK Royal Navy, it ensures that this equipment remains in-service and readily available for years to come.”

Ultra is a pioneer and world leader in sonobuoy technology. Separately to this new MoD contract, its design engineers are also currently working on a miniaturisation programme, which could ultimately see the sonobuoys it makes reduce in size and weight but improve in performance.

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Ultra CSS sponsors Royal Navy doctor on research trip to Australia

Ultra Electronics Command & Sonar Systems has presented a sponsorship award and commemorative compass to Surgeon Lieutenant Jo Mair RN at a reception held on board HQS Wellington in London.

Surg Lt Mair will head Down Under to join the Royal Australian Navy for six weeks as part of the Naval Review Centenary Fellowship project, which rewards and encourages strategic thinking and persuasive writing in junior RN officers.

Candidates are required to submit a research proposal for an academic paper relating to an issue of their choice that is of relevance to both the RN and RAN.

Surg Lt Mair’s winning proposal is titled ‘Can and should humanitarian assistance and relief work be utilised to our political advantage?’

The award was presented by Ultra CSS’ Sales and Marketing Director, Andy Toms.

“I’m delighted to present this award to a very worthy candidate, whose research proposal is particularly apt in the current political climate,” said Andy Toms.

“I feel sure that this will be a valuable experience for Jo and help shape her future career in the Navy.”

The reception was attended by senior personnel from the RN and RAN, Ultra management and the Australian High Commission.

“It’s thanks to the support of businesses like Ultra that I’m benefitting from this great opportunity to visit Australia and to work with RAN,” said Surg Lt Mair.

Ultra CSS is a pioneer and world leader in the design and delivery of anti-submarine warfare technology to customers worldwide, including the UK RN and the Royal Australian Navy. The company offers hull-mounted and towed ASW sonar systems, as well as fully integrated underwater warfare suites. It also provides torpedo defence for surface ships and submarines, including acoustic torpedo countermeasures. Ultra is the world’s leading supplier of sonobuoys for airborne ASW. The Group is headquartered in London and has offices in the US, Canada and Australia.

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