Ultra Electronics has announced that its Sonar Systems business, based in Greenford, Middlesex, has been awarded a £18m contract from the MoD to supply sonobuoys for the Royal Navy’s Merlin maritime patrol helicopter.
The contract will be executed over the next two years, with options for a further two years.
It will involve Ultra supplying sonobuoy engineering, manufacture, logistics and support, to ensure the Royal Navy maintains a persistent anti-submarine warfare surveillance capability against hostile submarines.
It will also allow Ultra to support future Merlin technology capability insertion and international collaboration.
Ultra chief executive Rakesh Sharma said:
"I am very pleased that Ultra has been awarded the sonobuoy capability contract.
"This is a significant opportunity which demonstrates Ultra’s continuing ability to supply and support cutting edge, affordable, and value for money solutions to the Royal Navy.
"We look forward to working with the defence equipment and support (DE&S) team on this programme."