By By Andrew Drwiega, International Bureau Chief | February 12, 2015
Ultra Electronics was won an $27.6 million (£18 million) contract to supply sonobuoys for the Royal Navy’s (RN) Merlin AW101 maritime patrol helicopters. The contract is for two years with a further option for two years. The deal includes manufacture and logistical support.
A Royal Navy Merlin Mk2 from 820 Naval Air Squadron conducting anti-submarine warfare exercises with HMS Torbay. Photo courtesy of Royal Navy
Ultra’s Multi-Static Active System (MSA) sonobuoys detect and track submerged targets and comprise several versions. The RN’s ‘grey’ Merlin Mk2 helicopters are upgraded versions of the original AW101 Merlin Mk1 which entered service . The Merlin Mk2s entered service last year and are ship-based providing airborne anti-submarine warfare capability. They will also feature the new Crowsnest Airborne Surveillance and Control (ASaC) system.
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