Ultra Electronics has been awarded six contracts by the Canadian Department of National Defence under its Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) programme, the company announced on 8 July.

IDEaS seeks innovative solutions to assist acoustic sensor operators to rapidly and accurately detect, classify, locate, and track underwater contacts. The six studies will advance a range of key next-generation ASW technologies – one of Ultra’s strategic technology development priorities:

- Vector sensors for towed arrays;

- Directional Active Intercept sensors;

- Sonobuoy deployment from small UAS;

- Towed Array Shape Estimation;

- Next-Generation Environmental Sensing;

- and Multi-Mode Free Flooded Ring transducer technology.

Our agility, capability and drive to innovate has been a key factor to Ultra winning these contracts,” explained Bernard Mills, President of Ultra Sonar Systems.

Since inception of IDEaS in 2018, over C$176 million (€119 million) has been invested in Canadian science and technology.

Tow body for the SEA SABRE variable depth sonar. (Photo: Ultra)

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