Ultra has won a contract award to provide S2150-C Hull-Mounted Sonar (HMS) system for the Royal Canadian Navy’s Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) programme.

The latest order follows a recent contract to provide a variable depth sonar (VDS) system for the CSC programme.

Ultra said that these subcontracts play a major role in the development of CSC’s anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capability. They take it forward from ‘the definition phase into the substantive manufacture and delivery’ of the vessels’ set of sonars.

CSC programme is part of the Royal Canadian Navy’s acquisition programme to build 15 multi-role ships. The new vessels will replace both the retired Iroquois-class destroyers and the Halifax-class frigates.

The company noted that Ultra S2150-C HMS was selected as it meets the strict technical requirements of Canada.

The technology will be transferred to Canada. It was originally designed for the UK Type 26 platform.

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Furthermore, it will deliver logistical benefits and cost-savings during its operational life.

Ultra CSC senior programme manager Isabel Tassé saris: “I am very proud to be leading Ultra’s team in the delivery of the CSC sonar suite. We are providing the Royal Canadian Navy with a world-leading capability in anti-submarine warfare, and at the same time bringing technologies, jobs, innovation and investment into Canada.

“Alongside our partners on the CSC programme, most notably Irving Shipbuilding and Lockheed Martin, we are laying the foundation for a sustained sovereign naval capability for the nation.”

Ultra’s Canadian team consists of more than 150 employees. It expects to create another 80 high-tech roles this year.