Ultra Electronics Canada Defence Inc. Tactical Communication Systems Division ("Ultra TCS") - Ultra TCS awarded IDIQ contract for Battlespace IT systems for US DoD

MONTREAL, Aug. 4 2010

Ultra TCS, the premier global supplier of High Capacity Line-of-Sight (HCLOS(TM)) radio communication systems, today announced that it has been awarded an Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract over seven years.

The awards have been made by the Canadian Commercial Corporation acting on behalf of the US Department of Defense for the AN/GRC-245A HCLOS(TM) radio communication system, a key element of the US Army's WIN-T Program. The initial contract authorization under the IDIQ contract is valued at about $31M (US) for the purchase of HCLOS(TM) radios, spares, and support to be delivered in the first half of 2011.

This seven years engagement validates the performance of Ultra TCS' HCLOS(TM) radio used in the US Army's WIN-T program. These radios will be used to support continued fieldings to US Army units. Ultra TCS has delivered thousands of HCLOS(TM) radios to the US Army, US Marine Corps and FMS Programs to support combat operations in theaters around the world.

The AN/GRC-245 HCLOS(TM) radio communication system is a state-of-the-art Software Defined Radio (SDR) and is using the Software Communications Architecture (SCA) open framework.

"We are pleased that our HCLOS(TM) radio continues to satisfy the US Army's demanding performance requirements and that we are able to continue our long relationship as a valuable supplier of communication systems with the US Army," states Iwan Jemczyk, president of Ultra TCS. "Many U.S. military units currently deployed in combat zones around the world rely on our HCLOS communications systems to provide the backbone communications between command posts. This award acknowledges the years of dedication of Ultra TCS towards innovation and the ongoing commitment of our people to support the US Army in providing to its soldiers the tactical radio communications systems they require, today and in the future, to safely complete their missions."

About Ultra Electronics:

Ultra Electronics is an internationally successful defence and aerospace company with a long, consistent track record of development and growth. Ultra businesses constantly innovate to create solutions to customer requirements that are different from and better than those of the Group's competitors. The Group has over one hundred distinct market or technology niches within its twenty four businesses. The diversity of niches enables Ultra to contribute to a large number of defence, aerospace and civil platforms and programmes and provides resilience to the Group's financial performance.

Ultra has world-leading positions in many of its niches and, as an independent, non-threatening partner, is able to support all of the main prime contractors with specialist capabilities and solutions. As a result of such positioning, Ultra's systems, equipment or services are often mission-critical to the successful operation of the platform to which they contribute. In turn, this mission-criticality secures Ultra's positions for the long term which underpin the superior financial performance of the Group.

Ultra offers support to its customers through the design, delivery and support phases of a programme. Ultra businesses have a high degree of operational autonomy where the local management teams are empowered to devise and implement competitive strategies that reflect their expertise in their specific niches. The Group has a small head office and executive team that provide to the individual businesses the same agile, responsive support that they provide to customers as well as formulating Ultra's overarching, corporate strategy.

Across the Group's three divisions, the major market sectors in which Ultra operates are:

  • battlespace IT, summarised as being the systems and equipment that allows coalition commanders to have an integrated, real-time picture of the disposition of friendly and enemy forces that is better than the one available to the enemy. This information superiority underpins rapid decision making which, together with effective command, control and communications, translates into military superiority. The use of battlespace IT is fundamental to the implementation of the military doctrines of 'network-centric warfare' or 'network-enabled capability' that are seen as transformational in the capability to win future battles. Expenditure on battlespace IT equipment therefore continues to represent an increasing share of the total defence budget in the main markets in which Ultra operates.
  • sonar systems, expanding Ultra's traditional world-leading airborne anti-submarine warfare capability into broader activities in the underwater battlespace. These include integrated ship and submarine sonar systems, persistent seabed-deployed sensor arrays, torpedo defence and sea mine disposal systems. The fact that over forty countries have, between them, more than four hundred highly capable, stealthy submarines is continuing to focus expenditure in this sector.
  • civil and military aircraft equipment, Ultra provides specialist sub-systems and equipment for military and civil aircraft. The main military aircraft programmes on which Ultra equipment is fitted continue to have political support, underpinned by consistent financial commitment. For civil aircraft, record order intake performance by all major aircraft manufacturers underpins increasing build rates for the medium term.
  • specialist defence equipment and consultancy, including power conversion and signature systems for naval ships and submarines. Ultra's specialist capability in high integrity controls for submarine nuclear reactors is included in this sector, for which there is continuing commitment to new platforms and the upgrade of existing boats. Ultra also supplies advanced sub-systems for modern armoured vehicles including those for electrical power management, indirect vision and weapon control. The need for increased mobility and force protection is driving a number of large military vehicle procurements in Ultra's main markets. Ultra provides training solutions and performance consultancy.
  • specialist civil systems and equipment, including Ultra's advanced airport IT solutions. Airline passenger growth around the world is driving continuing expansion and upgrade of airport infrastructure. Ultra supplies trackside power equipment for rail transit systems, for which demand continues driven by the need to expand and upgrade rail networks. The UK market for nuclear power generation is expanding and Ultra's offering derived from its equivalent military capability is well positioned to benefit.


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