Ul­tra Towed Ar­rays for RNZN

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Ul­tra Elec­tron­ics Mar­itime Sys­tems Inc. (Ul­tra) is pleased to an­nounce that it will sup­ply towed ar­rays to its sis­ter com­pany, UK-based Ul­tra Elec­tron­ics Sonar Sys­tems, that will ul­ti­mately be used by the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN), as re­ported on 21st July 2014.

The Sonar Sys­tems busi­ness an­nounced a con­tract val­ued at ap­prox­i­mately $18M (CAD) to sup­ply two Sea Sen­tor Sur­face Ship Tor­pedo De­fence sys­tems for the RNZN Frigate Sys­tems Up­grade (FSU) pro­gramme. Ul­tra's towed ar­ray is the key acous­tic sen­sor for Sea Sen­tor, a sys­tem in­stalled in naval ships to de­tect, clas­sify and lo­cal­ize in­com­ing tor­pe­does, and to ac­ti­vate coun­ter­mea­sures against them.

Ul­tra de­signs, de­vel­ops, and man­u­fac­tures var­i­ous towed ar­rays for sur­face ships and sub­marines at its fa­cil­ity in Dart­mouth, Nova Sco­tia, Canada. New Zealand joins Canada, the UK, Australia, The Nether­lands, and Turkey in the com­pany's port­fo­lio of in­ter­na­tional cus­tomers.

Ken Walker, pres­i­dent of Ul­tra, com­mented: "I am very proud to be ex­tend­ing our made in Canada so­lu­tions deeper into in­ter­na­tional wa­ters with the Royal New Zealand Navy. This con­tract is proof that Ul­tra con­tin­ues to pro­vide world-class sonar sys­tems."

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