8th July 2021 – In recognition of Ultra’s drive to be at the forefront of technology advancement, Ultra is pleased to announce it has been awarded six contracts by Canada’s Department of National Defence Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) program.
The IDEaS program seeks innovative solutions to assist acoustic sensor operators to rapidly and accurately detect, classify, locate, and track underwater contacts.
Next generation Anti-Submarine Warfare is one of Ultra’s strategic technology development areas. The six studies will advance a range of key Anti-Submarine Warfare technologies:
- Vector sensors for towed arrays
- Directional Active Intercept sensors
- Sonobuoy deployment from Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
- Towed Array Shape Estimation
- Next Generation Environmental Sensing
- Multi-Mode Free Flooded Ring transducer technology
Bernard Mills, President of Ultra Sonar Systems commented: “Our agility, capability and drive to innovate has been a key factor to Ultra winning these contracts. We look forward to collaborating with Canadian industry partners and delivering solutions that contribute to Canada’s national security.”
Since 2018, when IDEaS first started, over $176M have been invested in Canada’s science and technology.
Further information about the IDEaS Program:
The IDEaS Program seeks solutions to support the development of defence and security capabilities. The December funding round called for a number of focus areas, one of which was directly relevant to Ultra in the focus area “It’s not just Noise – Innovative Tools for Acoustic Sensor Operators”.
The Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces sought innovative solutions to assist acoustic sensor operators to rapidly and accurately detect, classify, locate, and track underwater contacts in order to permit timely recommendations. These innovative solutions can include, but aren’t limited to the following:
- Tools to assist human operators to rapidly detect underwater contacts from ocean data sources;
- Tools to provide localization of detected contacts to aid in decision making;
- Real-time analysis of measurements obtained from multiple sensors in order to permit the discovery of objects of interest; and
- Classification of contacts by type (i.e., surface vessel, marine mammal, etc.).
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