Ultra to Support Upgrade of UK Sonobuoy Test Facility

Innovative Solutions Offer Real Cost-Savings

Ultra has secured a contract from QinetiQ for support in replacing the entire Sonobuoy Test Facility (STF) system at the British Underwater Test & Evaluation Centre, MOD BUTEC in Scotland.

The work includes replacing the Software-Defined Sonobuoy Receivers (SDSRs), the Command function transmitters and 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 the COTS computer equipment, including networking, data storage and installation.

For over 70 years Ultra has supplied world-leading sonobuoys, sonobuoy receivers and sonobuoy command transmitters to navies worldwide for airborne ASW. The company is also a leader in multi-static acoustic processing techniques, which increase the probability of detection of submarines and is at the forefront of developing solutions to enable UAS to conduct airborne ASW missions effectively.

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