Defence supplier secures $10m naval contract from MoD

Defence supplier Ultra Electronics has been awarded a $10m contract from the Ministry of Defence to fit out new countermeasures for the Royal Navy’s submarines.

Ultra, which has operations in Birmingham and Staffordshire, will use its Ocean Systems business to supply two variants of the Submarine Countermeasure Acoustic Device (SCAD) for the submarine fleet.

The SCAD 101 is a self-contained externally mounted and launched torpedo countermeasure.  The SCAD 102 has equivalent capability, but is launched internally from the submerged signal ejector.

Ocean Systems, based in Maryland, is a world leader in torpedo countermeasure technology and has delivered over 20,000 devices to date.

The new contract includes design enhancements, development, production, and support services.

Rakesh Sharma, chief executive of Ultra, said: “I am pleased that Ultra has been awarded this important contract to replenish the SCAD devices critical to the UK Royal Navy’s submarine fleet self-protection capability.

“It reinforces Ultra’s position as a leader in the Underwater Warfare environment through the provision of highly complex countermeasure capabilities to the US Navy, the UK Royal Navy and other international customers.”