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Ultra secures six defence innovation contracts

The defence contractor has been tapped to deliver new sensor technology aimed at bolstering ASW capability.

The defence contractor has been tapped to deliver new sensor technology aimed at bolstering ASW capability.

Ultra has confirmed it has won six contracts under Canada’s Department of National Defence Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) program, aimed at developing technology designed to support the detection, classification, location and tracking of underwater threats.


Ultra has been tasked with delivering a range of anti-submarine warfare (ASW) technologies, including:

  • vector sensors for towed arrays;
  • Directional Active Intercept sensors;
  • sonobuoy deployment from small unmanned aerial vehicles;
  • towed array shape estimation;
  • advanced environmental sensing; and
  • multi-mode free flooded ring transducer technology.

 “Our agility, capability and drive to innovate has been a key factor to Ultra winning these contracts,” Bernard Mills, president of Ultra Sonar Systems, said.

“We look forward to collaborating with Canadian industry partners and delivering solutions that contribute to Canada’s national security.”

Approximately $176 million has been invested in Canada’s science and technology since the launch of IDEaS in 2018.

The IDEaS contracts follow Ultra’s receipt of an award to commence work on the key variable depth sonar (VDS) system for the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) program, referred to as the Towed Low Frequency Active Sonar (TLFAS).


The TLFAS is designed for the detection and tracking of stealthy submarines in challenging ocean environments.

[Related: Ultra secures CSC contract for Canadian Navy program]

Ultra secures six defence innovation contracts
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