Ultra Electronics Wins Contract for EO Systems for Queen Elizabeth Class Carriers


Ultra Electronics Command and Control systems has been awarded a contract by the UK’s Aircraft Carrier Alliance (ACA) for the supply of the Electro Optical System (EOS) and Glide Path Camera (GPC) for the Royal Navy’s new Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers.

Both the EOS and GPC solutions are based on the SERIES 2500, which is already in service with the RN on its Type 45 Destroyer Electro Optical Gun Control System. SERIES 2500 is also in service with the Navies of Australia, Brunei and Romania and to date Ultra has supplied or is contracted to supply over 40 Series 2500 systems worldwide.

For this programme, the EOS is configured using a dual EO Director (EOD) system integrated into the carrier’s Mission System providing a 360 degree full volumetric visual and IR surveillance capability. The GPC employs the same sensor suite but is configured as a single EOD system monitoring the position, attitude and status of recovering aircraft on their landing approach. Digital video distribution is used throughout.

This Production Phase contract covers the initial supply, installation, commissioning and trials support and follows a Design Services contract awarded in 2008.  Further contracts for spares and through life support are expected to follow.

The contract was won through a competitive tender and underwrites Ultra’s long established position as the UK’s centre of excellence for naval electro optical systems. A partnering culture and extensive experience in electro optics and naval electronic systems allows Ultra to provide the optimum cost effective and compliant solution for performance, integration, innovation and flexibility.

The modularity and flexible open architecture of SERIES 2500 enables the system to be adapted to a number of precision applications, including surveillance and observation, target tracking and indication, position and attitude reporting, gun fire control and asymmetric defence. A high degree of automation together with an intuitive Human Computer Interface (HCI), reduces operator workload. A portable HCI client application means that the system can be configured for control from a dedicated console or from third party CMS multi-function consoles. Sensor and system operation configurations can be selected to meet differing operational applications.

2010-08-09 17:57:57