Maritime defence system specialist Sea has been contracted by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to upgrade in-service sonar equipment.

The contract is valued at $34.7m (£25m) and was secured by SEA through a competitive bid process.

The latest contract will see the company design and develop a part of the MoD’s next-generation sonar equipment. This work will help the company to advance its anti-submarine warfare (ASW) solutions.

SEA has already delivered this kind of service as part of an earlier contract.

Under the latest contract, the company will continue to maintain a range of the British Royal Navy’s existing sonars and deliver the equipment on an availability basis.

It will also ensure that the equipment is ‘consistently ready’ for operations.

SEA managing director Richard Flitton said: “Being appointed as a trusted provider to MoD validates SEA’s prior achievements in maintaining sonar equipment for the UK Royal Navy, ensuring its operational availability and readiness.

“This is a key capability area for the MoD, and we look forward to continuing our high-levels of service.

“The development of next generation sonars for the UK Navy enhances our position as an innovator and leader in sonar technology, and we look forward to developing what will become the new standard for sonar.”

In January this year, the UK MoD announced an investment of £230m ($315m) towards the maintenance uplift of Spearfish and Sting Ray torpedoes carried by the Royal Navy.