Ultra wins six contracts with Department of National Defence

According to a press release published by Ultra on July 8, 2021, in recognition of Ultra's drive to be at the forefront of technology advancement, Ultra is pleased to announce it has been awarded six contracts by Canada’s Department of National Defence Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) program.
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The IDEaS program 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

IDEaS fosters open innovation to provide creative thinkers with the structure and support to encourage solutions, which will assist in solving some of Canada’s toughest defence and security challenges.

IDEaS support the development of solutions from their conceptual stage, through prototype testing and capability development. The program includes several elements that promote collaboration between innovators, provides developmental resources and provides opportunities to interact with DND’s science and military members. Through which all innovators are on an even playing field to solve specific defence and security challenges.

Earlier, in February, Ultra awarded contract to provide Variable Depth Sonar for the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) program.