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Ultra’s Electro-Optical Landing System aids first SRVL on HMS Queen Elizabeth

An F-35B Lightning aircraft has made the first ever Shipborne Rolling Vertical Landing (SRVL) on HMS Queen Elizabeth, with the aid of a pioneering Electro-Optical Landing System with hardware and software developed and supplied by Ultra Electronics Command & Sonar Systems.

Ultra’s electro-optical (EO) camera system provides a 360 degree EO tracking and monitoring capability and captures every detail of the final approach to enable an F-35B jet to land safely with fuel and weapons. SRVL augments the normal vertical landing mode, which the system also monitors.

With SRVL the jet takes a more conventional landing pattern, approaching the ship from the aft end, at speed, using the thrust from the nozzle and lift created by air over the wings, to touch down and come to a stop as soon as possible, saving time and money and reducing heat stress on the ship’s deck.

Ultra’s EO Landing System monitors the aircraft’s recovery glide path using a Glide Path Camera system (GPC), which is a 2-axis stabilised system located on the aft island and a Centre Line Camera system (CLC) on the stern of the platform. The GPC and CLC are controlled from a single operator position, the Landing Signal Officer (LSO) in Flying Control (FLYCO), using Ultra’s graphical and user interface software.

The first landing trials were successfully conducted in November 2018 on board Queen Elizabeth.

Commander Air, or ‘Wings’ on board, Cdr James Blackmore, said: “It’s fantastic to have achieved this. Absolutely brilliant. It was text-book, just what we expected. This is the first step in proving this capability, another milestone in aviation for the Royal Navy.”

Ultra also supplies the Electro-Optical Surveillance System (EOS) on this class of ship, which consists of a 2-axis stabilised EO system fitted to each island and providing the ship with a 360 degrees general purpose EO surveillance capability. Features include tracking hand over, digital video distribution and recording. The EOS, GPC and CLC are all integrated into a single EO system.

Mike Williams, MD of Ultra Electronics Command & Sonar Systems, said: “Our system has the potential to provide a unique capability to aircraft carrier general purpose surveillance and landing operations and demonstrates the capability of this business to meet unique and complex requirements in short timescales. We’re proud to have contributed to this key moment in the history of carrier landing operations.”

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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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