The Erapsco joint-venture between Ultra Electronics and Sparton has secured additional subcontracts to manufacture sonobuoys for the US Navy.
Valued at $20m, the latest development is part of a GFY15 Erapsco indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract release for sonobuoy requirements under Erapsco’s five year contract.
Ultra Electronics chief executive Rakesh Sharma said: "I am pleased that we have secured this important contract that will continue to provide critical sensor capabilities to the US Navy.
"This contract is a reflection of the increased focus on anti-submarine warfare and the US Navy’s commitment to providing key technology for this important mission."
As part of this development, contracts worth $9.6m and $10.8m will be distributed among Ultra Electronics USSI and Sparton De Leon Springs respectively.
Work under these contracts will be carried out in Ultra Electronics USSI’s Columbia City, Indiana facility and Sparton’s De Leon Springs, Florida facility.
According to Sparton, production is scheduled to be completed by September 2017.
The sonobuoys can be deployed to assess environmental circumstances, and help install top search tactics, as well as communication with friendly vessels.
They are also capable of transmitting an acoustical signal source, and accept underwater signals of interest, which are then delivered to monitoring units for analysis.
Sparton president and CEO Cary B. Wood said: "We continue to move the anti-submarine warfare mission forward through our partnership with the US Navy by providing leading products and solutions that meet critical performance needs."
The US Navy recognised the Erapsco joint-venture as a Tier 1 superior supplier after the evaluation of the past three years of contractor performance assessment reporting system (CPARS) data.
The Erapsco joint-venture has received millions of dollars worth of subcontracts from the US Navy for the production of sonobuoys.