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.