London / New Delhi: Ultra in partnership with Mahindra Defence Systems Limited has won a major contract from Indian Navy. Announcing the award of the Integrated Anti-Submarine Warfare Defence Suite (IADS) programme for selected frontline warships of the Indian Navy on January 12, the company press release said that the contract is worth approximately £60 million to Ultra. Deliveries are due to commence in 2024 and to be completed by 2030.
IADS provides a powerful multi-sensor ASW capability using an in-line active and passive towed Low Frequency Variable Depth Sonar as well as Torpedo Defence with embedded detection, classification & localisation to defeat detected Torpedo threats.
Simon Pryce, Ultra Chief Executive, commented: “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. This is another significant and strategic order for Ultra and our Sonar Systems business unit. We are very proud of and committed to this programme, and to our long-term partnership with Mahindra Defence to deliver outstanding solutions to the Indian Navy.”
Mr SP Shukla, Chairman – Mahindra Defence and Mahindra Aerospace, stated that: “IADS is the first major contract from the Indian Navy to an Indian private sector company for underwater detection and protection from threats. Mahindra is looking forward to delivering IADS and further build partnerships with Ultra in other programmes. This contract once again epitomises the success of the ‘Make in India’ initiative of the Indian Government.”