Denmark – Airborne Low Frequency Sonar System and Sonobuoys

August 27, 2019 – The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Denmark nine (9) AN/AQS-22 Airborne Low Frequency Sonar (ALFS) systems and six hundred (600) AN/SSQ-36/53/62 Sonobuoys with support for an estimated cost of $200 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on August 27, 2019. The Government of Denmark has requested to buy nine (9) AN/AQS-22 Airborne Low Frequency Sonar (ALFS) systems; six hundred (600) AN/SSQ-36/53/62 Sonobuoys; spare and repair…

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ERAPSCO Awarded $39.6M for U.S. Navy Sonobuoy Contracts

October 30, 2018 – Ultra Electronics Holdings plc(ULE) and Sparton Corporation announce the award of subcontracts valued at $39.6 million to their ERAPSCO joint venture, for the manufacture of sonobuoys for the United States Navy. The award is a GFY18 ERAPSCO Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract release for sonobuoy requirements under ERAPSCO’s five year contract. ERAPSCO will provide production subcontracts in the amount of $19.4 million and $20.2 million to Ultra Electronics USSI and Sparton DeLeon Springs, LLC respectively. Production will take place at Ultra Electronics USSI’s Columbia City,…

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Ultra Electronics Abandons its Proposed Acquisition of Sparton Corp. After Department of Justice Expresses Concerns

The Department of Justice announced March 6th that Ultra Electronics Holdings plc and Sparton Corporation have abandoned their merger, originally valued at more than $234 million. The transaction threatened to permanently combine the only two qualified suppliers of sonobuoys to the U.S. Navy. Sonobuoys are used in support of multiple underwater missions for detection, classification, and localization of adversary submarines during peacetime and combat operations. Ultra Electronics and Sparton Corporation have in recent years supplied this critical equipment to the U.S. Navy through their joint venture, ERAPSCO. Ultra Electronics Holdings…

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GA-ASI’s MQ-9 Used in Successful Anti-Submarine Warfare Demonstration

The remote detection and tracking of submerged contacts, such as submarines, was demonstrated using an MQ-9 Predator® B Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) during a U.S. Naval exercise on October 12th. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) participated in this successful demonstration of new maritime patrol capabilities that included anti-submarine warfare. Sonobuoys were deployed by U.S. Navy helicopters and acoustic data gathered from the sonobuoys were used to track underwater targets. The data was transmitted to the MQ-9 and processed onboard, then relayed to the MQ-9’s Ground Control Station (GCS) several…

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