Sparton and Ultra Electronics JV secures US Navy sonobuoy contract
Sparton and Ultra Electronics’ joint venture (JV) Erapsco has been awarded subcontracts worth a combined $30.3m to produce sonobuoys for the US Navy.
The current deal is a part of GFY17 Erapsco indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract release for sonobuoy requirements under the JV’s five-year contract.
As part of the award, Erapsco will deliver production subcontracts worth $18.5m and $11.8m to Ultra Electronics USSI and Sparton De Leon Springs respectively.
Ultra Electronics chief executive Rakesh Sharma said: “I am pleased that we have secured this important contract that will continue to provide critical sensor capabilities to the US Navy.
“This contract is a reflection of the increased focus on anti-submarine warfare and the US Navy’s commitment to providing key technology for this important mission.”
Expected to be completed by November next year, the production of sonobuoys will be carried out at Ultra Electronics USSI’s Columbia City, Indiana facility, and Sparton’s De Leon Springs, Florida manufacturing unit.
The sonobuoys are designed to be able to transmit an acoustic signal source and accept underwater signals of interest; this data is then delivered to monitoring units for analysis.
The systems can be deployed to assess environmental circumstances and help install top search tactics, as well as communication with friendly vessels.
In addition, they can be deployed during peacetime and combat operations to detect, classify, and localise adversary submarines.