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Ultra awarded six contracts for innovation in Canada


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.


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

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 US$176 million have been invested in Canada’s science and technology.

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