Ultra Electronics USSI Wins $25M Contract to Produce Hydrophones for the U.S. Navy

18 December 2019

Ultra Electronics USSI, located in Columbia City, Indiana, has been awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract valued at $24,865,776 by the Naval Undersea Warfare Center – Division Newport. The contract contains firm-fixed price provisions to manufacture, test, inspect, package and deliver first article and production hydrophones with an expected completion by July 2024. The hydrophones are integral to hull-mounted sonar systems aboard numerous submarine classes operated by the U.S. Navy. This critical equipment has been produced by several contractors in the past, including USSI. The present contract was competitively awarded to USSI wherein the USSI proposal exhibited the best overall value to the Government. USSI’s past performance in producing these hydrophones, combined with modern-day fabrication and test methods associated with air-deployed sonobuoys, presented a clear advantage over the competition.
Patrick Allison, Vice President of Business Development, commented:

“Ultra Electronics USSI is pleased to provide the U.S. Navy this important underwater warfare capability. As a company, USSI has positioned its technology and years of ASW sonobuoy experience to leverage low-cost, highly reliable transducer designs that complement the USN underwater sonar architecture.”

Ultra Electronics USSI is the leader in the design, development, and manufacturing of sonobuoy systems for the U.S. Navy. USSI utilizes 250,000 sq. ft. facility in Columbia City, Indiana and is uniquely qualified to handle projects for the Department of Defense, Ministries of Defence, and major prime contractors with regards to design and manufacturing of engineered underwater and in-air acoustic products. The technology core of the Product Development Group at USSI includes business units representing Rugged Commercial Products and Naval Systems. These business units focus on customer solutions in the areas of advanced electronics, acoustics, and integrated sensor systems for both the commercial and defense markets.


Ultra Electronics USSI

Patrick Allison, Vice President Business Development

Further information about Ultra:

Ultra is a specialist international electrical and electronics engineering company. The Group operates predominantly in defense 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.

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