Ultra, in partnership with Mahindra Defence Systems Limited, has been awarded the Integrated Anti-Submarine Warfare Defense Suite (IADS) program for selected frontline warships of the Indian Navy.
The contract is worth approximately £60 million to Ultra. Deliveries are due to commence in 2024 and be completed by 2030.
IADS provides a powerful multi-sensor Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) capability using an in-line active and passive towed Low Frequency Variable Depth Sonar as well as Torpedo Defense with embedded detection, classification & localization to defeat detected Torpedo threats.
“IADS represents a major enhancement in the Indian Navy’s anti-submarine warfare capability and ability to deliver maritime mission effectiveness and protection to India’s surface fleet,” Simon Pryce, Ultra Chief Executive, said. “This is another significant and strategic order for Ultra and our Sonar Systems business unit. We are very proud of and committed to this program, and to our long-term partnership with Mahindra Defence to deliver outstanding solutions to the Indian Navy.”
“IADS is the first major contract from the Indian Navy to an Indian private sector company for underwater detection and protection from threats,” Mr SP Shukla, Chairman – Mahindra Defence and Mahindra Aerospace, added. “Mahindra is looking forward to delivering IADS and further build partnerships with Ultra in other programs. This contract once again epitomizes the success of the ‘Make in India’ initiative of the Indian Government.”