UK MoD extends sonobuoy contract with Ultra Group for 3 years

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Ultra Group has announced that its Sonobuoy Systems business has been awarded a further three-year contract, worth £31 million, with the UK MOD. Ultra will continue to supply sonobuoys for the Royal Navy’s Merlin Maritime Patrol Helicopter from 2022 to 2024.

The contract between Ultra Group and the MOD comes at an important time, boosting both the economy and jobs in the UK.

The contract for sonobuoy engineering, manufacturing, logistics and support from Ultra, ensures the Royal Navy maintains a persistent Anti-Submarine Warfare surveillance capability against hostile submarines.

Eric Webster, President, Ultra Sonobuoy Systems commented: “I am very excited and appreciate the Royal Navy choosing Ultra for this three-year follow-on Sonobuoy Contract. We look forward to working with the Defence Equipment & Support Merlin Delivery Team to supply and support cutting edge, affordable and valuable anti-submarine (ASW) solutions. This investment by the Ministry of Defence enables the UK’s Armed Forces to deal with modern and evolving submarine threats.”

Ultra provides cutting-edge Sonobuoy technology to the Royal Navy, built in its UK factory. These Sonobuoys are essential for Merlin Helicopters to provide Anti-Submarine defense of UK Homewaters, the Nuclear Deterrent, and Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers.

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Ultra Group also is the sonobuoy provider of the U.S. Navy. Ultra Electronics has been awarded a cost-plus, fixed-fee (CPFF) contract with base and exercised options valued at $24 million by the U.S. Office of Naval Research last September.