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Ultra Electronics has secured a contract from QinetiQ to support them in replacing the entire Sonobuoy Test Facility (STF) system at the British Underwater Test & Evaluation Centre, MOD BUTEC. This includes replacing the Software Defined Sonobuoy Receivers, the Command function transmitters as well as a suite of analysis software for the Ground Monitoring Station which provides control, monitoring, recording and analysis capabilities for the Sonobuoy on test.

New capabilities, which include user friendly graphics and the reuse of seabed hardware to replace surface test equipment, will offer a real saving to the customer. Not having to deploy equipment manually from a small boat means the new system will be safer and less time consuming to use. QinetiQ and Ultra will collaborate to deliver the STF requirements with QinetiQ providing Commercial-off-the-Shelf networking, data storage and installation equipment

For over 70 years, Ultra has supplied world-leading sonobuoys, sonobuoy receivers and sonobuoy command transmitters to navies worldwide for airborne Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW). Sonobuoys are deployed onto the sea surface and used for detection, classification and localisation of submarines with test and training for UK sonobuoys undertaken at the STF at MOD BUTEC in North West Scotland.

Ultra is also a world leader in multi-static acoustic processing techniques that increase the probability of detecting submarines and is at the forefront of developing solutions to enable Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to conduct airborne ASW missions effectively.

Jack Richardson