The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division, announced on 15 March 2019 that Ultra Electronics Ocean Systems, based in Braintree, Massachusetts, is being awarded a $27,978,119 cost-plus-fixed-fee and cost contract for the development and production of Next Generation Surface Search Radar qualification systems (NGSSR). The primary objective of the NGSSR programme is to develop a replacement for legacy US Navy shipboard surface search radar systems due to current military threats and obsolescence issues. The contract will outline the requirements and approach for NGSSR along with funding the development, integration, test, demonstration, product support, and systems engineering. The new NGSSR system will then replace all variants of the current AN/SPS-67, AN/SPS-73, BridgeMaster E series, and commercialof-the-shelf radar systems. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $34,563,961. Work will be performed in Chantilly, Virginia (58%); Wake Forest, North Carolina (39%); Braintree, Massachusetts (3%); and is expected to be complete by July 2021.
Rochelle Borden, President of Ultra Electronics Ocean Systems commented:
“Ultra is pleased to be providing such a critical capability to our US Navy’s surface fleet. As the maritime environment becomes increasingly complex the Next Generation Surface Search Radar system provides enhanced radar performance and situational awareness, while also delivering ship defence against surface and low altitude air threats. By leveraging the latest in digital technology, NGSSR increases protection to both our surface ships and crews. We look forward to a continued partnership with the US Navy and installation of NGSSR across the fleet.”
Robert Gordon, Vice President of Business Development
Further information about Ultra:
Ultra is a specialist international electrical and electronics engineering company. The Group operates predominantly in defence and other highly regulated markets with particular expertise in the maritime, and C3 (command, communication, and control including cyber) domains. Ultra is a sub-system and systems provider, focused on providing mission specific, bespoke solutions for its customers.