US Navy to Acquire Advanced Sonobuoys for Anti-Submarine Warfare

Ultra Electronics and Sparton DLS Joint Venture (ERAPSCO)’s AN/SSQ-125A (Q-125A) will provide advanced active sonar capabilities to the Navy’s fleet of Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) aircraft By DA Reporter / 19 Apr 2022
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Ultra Electronics Holdings plc and Sparton DLS, LLC joint venture ERAPSCO has been awarded a contract valued at $11.6 million against the $222 million competitive Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) production contract for the manufacture of next-generation sonobuoys for the US Navy. 

The new buoy type, the AN/SSQ-125A (Q-125A) which was recently officially qualified, was developed by ERAPSCO after 24 months of effort. The Q-125A will provide advanced active sonar capabilities to the US Navy fleet of Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) aircraft and will further the Navy’s ability to counter stealthy modern submarines from foreign adversaries.

ERAPSCO will award production subcontracts in the amount of $3.6 million and $8 million to Ultra Electronics USSI and Sparton. Production operations will take place at Ultra Electronics USSI’s Columbia City, IN facility and Sparton’s DeLeon Springs, FL facility, and are expected to be completed by November 2023.

“This is an important milestone in creating advanced capability for the US Navy, and I am pleased our team continues to lead the industry into the next generation with proven expertise in transducer development and acoustic signal processing,” said Eric Webster, President of Ultra Sonobuoy Systems. “This ability to deliver cutting edge ASW technology is essential to US Navy anti-submarine warfare efforts.”

“As a proud member of the ASW community in uniform and business for over 35 years, I am pleased that we are able to provide the highest quality sonobuoy engineering and production to the US Navy and our allies throughout the world,” said Tracy Howard, Chief Executive Officer of Sparton DLS. “Our Sparton team is filled with pride and patriotism as we are able to directly support our warfighters.”

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