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Ultra Electronics Maritime Systems

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Ultra Electronics Maritime Systems, known for its innovative sonar technology solutions as well as provision of underwater acoustic expendables, first began developing and manufacturing systems and equipment for undersea surveillance and anti-submarine warfare (ASW) in 1947. They design, produce and deliver critical capabilities to the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), NATO members, and other allied navies, to keep sailors safe and maximize mission effectiveness through underwater information advantage. 

The Halifax-based business integrates into the global Ultra Group's maritime capability, and is central to Ultra's provision of world-leading fully-integrated ASW solutions. Closer to home, they work with the DND, DRDC, major industry peers, and the dynamic eastern Canadian ocean tech cluster to ensure Canada's continued strength and development in ASW.

Partnering with Lockheed Martin Canada, BAE Systems, CAE, MDA, and L3Harris, Ultra is part of the winning bid for the Canadian Surface Combatant contract, and designated as the ASW IPT lead. Ultra has also teamed with General Dynamics Mission Systems–Canada, for the Underwater Warfare Suite Upgrade component to upgrade the sonar capability of Halifax Class frigates.

Ultra is a major employer of highly skilled engineers, technicians and other professionals in Nova Scotia, with the business growing in staff numbers by over 50% in the past 18 months and forecast to more than double again over the coming years. This personnel growth is matched by other benefits to Canada including in-country investments in facilities and R&D, and supply chain benefits shared across some 300 Canadian companies.

Contact Info:

Ultra Electronics Maritime Systems
40 Atlantic Street, Dartmouth NS, B2Y 4N2
Contact: Bernard Mills, President
Tel: +1-902-466-4791