The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded Columbia City-based Ultra Electronics USSI a more than $24 million military contract. The contract calls for the production and delivery of a specific sonobuoy system for the U.S. Navy.
Ultra USSI, which makes sonobuoys as part of its ERAPSCO joint venture with Illinois-based Sparton Corp. (NYSE: SPA), says it will design, manufacture, test, inspect, package and deliver Extended Range – Directional Frequency Analysis and Recording, or ER-DIFAR, sonobuoys as part of the contract. The company says the new system will enhance the Navy’s ability to detect underwater threats.
“Ultra USSI is pleased to partner with the U.S. Navy for this important underwater warfare capability,” Patrick Allison, vice president of business development for Ultra USSI, said in a news release. “As a company, Ultra has positioned its technology and decades of (anti-submarine warfare) sonobuoy experience to leverage low-cost, highly reliable ASW sensors that complement the USN underwater sonar architecture. ER-DIFAR will enhance the warfighters ability to complete the ASW mission.”
The contract is expected to be complete by July 2024.