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Ultra awarded six Canadian IDEaS contracts

Posted 8 July 2021 · Add Comment

Ultra has been awarded six contracts by Canada’s Department of National Defence Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) programme.

Above: Tow Body for the Sea Sabre Variable Depth Sonar.
Courtesy Ultra


The IDEaS programme seeks innovative solutions to assist acoustic sensor operators to rapidly and accurately detect, classify, locate, and track underwater contacts.

Next generation Anti-Submarine Warfare is one of Ultra’s strategic technology development areas. The six studies will advance a range of key Anti-Submarine Warfare technologies:

  • Vector sensors for towed arrays
  • Directional Active Intercept sensors
  • Sonobuoy deployment from Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
  • Towed Array Shape Estimation
  • Next Generation Environmental Sensing
  • Multi-Mode Free Flooded Ring transducer technology

Bernard Mills, President of Ultra Sonar Systems commented: “Our agility, capability and drive to innovate has been a key factor to Ultra winning these contracts. We look forward to collaborating with Canadian industry partners and delivering solutions that contribute to Canada’s national security.”

Since 2018, when IDEaS first started, over $176M have been invested in Canada’s science and technology.

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