Ultra Electronics Forensic Technology receives five-year frame contract from the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), valued at over US$85 million

09 April 2019

Ultra Electronics Forensic Technology announced today that it has been awarded a five-year frame contract from ATF, valued at over US$85 million, for the provision of hardware, software, support and training services to ATF’s National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN). This is the fourth five-year frame services contract awarded to Forensic Technology since 2003. Forensic Technology has been expanding and servicing the Integrated Ballistic Identification System (IBIS®) equipment deployed by ATF since 1994.

ATF’s NIBIN program is powered by Forensic Technology’s IBIS technology, which helps link gun-related crimes by matching bullets and cartridge cases fired from the same gun. IBIS utilizes advanced 3D imaging technology with powerful correlation algorithms to link ballistics evidence. Over 200 IBIS installations are networked across the US sharing valuable ballistic intelligence to thousands of law enforcement agencies.

A key component of this contract is Forensic Technology’s support of the NIBIN National Correlation and Training Center (NNCTC) in Huntsville, Alabama. The NNCTC is the ground-breaking initiative by ATF to target violent firearm crime on a local, state, and national level in a timely manner. Since its inception in 2016, the NNCTC has generated over 35,000 NIBIN investigative leads to law enforcement agencies all across the country.

The frame contract award includes hardware and software support, software upgrades, security compliance, training and other professional services until 2024. The contract also includes a schedule for the purchase of additional products and services through the five-year period.

Brian Sinnott, President of Forensic Technology, commented:

“Forensic Technology has a long partnership with ATF and together they have built, supported and nurtured NIBIN with the goal of reducing firearm-related crime in the United States. This contract will further extend the capabilities of NIBIN and the NNCTC and will continue to provide U.S. law enforcement agencies with the most advanced, efficient and effective Automated Ballistic Identification Solution. We are very proud to be part of this crime solving and crime prevention program”.


Ultra Electronics Forensic Technology

Stacy Stern
+1 514 839 1465

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.

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