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British Company Ultra to support Electro-optical tracking system of British navy Type 45 destroyer


British Company Ultra is pleased to announce its continued support of the Electro-optical tracking system as part of Babcock’s UK Royal Navy Type 45 Destroyer ‘Gun System, Automation ‘(GSA9) in service support contract with the UK Ministry of Defence.


British Company Ultra to support Electro optical tracking system of British navy Type 45 destroyer 925 001 Electro-optical tracking system as part of Babcock’s UK Royal Navy Type 45 Destroyer ‘Gun System, Automation ‘(GSA9) in service support contract with the UK Ministry of Defence. (Picture source Ultra)


The three-year contract, with the option for a two-year extension, will provide support for all aspects of the electro-optical tracking system for GSA9. Ultra’s Electro-optical tracking system is based on its proven Type 2500 design and employs the latest proven sensor and servo technologies, configured from a common set of commercially/modified of the shelf (COTS / MOTS) baseline modules. This modularity permits a system to be assembled to meet specific requirements without technical, delivery or price risk.

Featuring high resolution video performance with extensive levels of automation requiring minimal operator intervention, the system simplifies operations throughout all stages of surveillance, detection, acquisition, tracking and engagement.

Ultra’s electro-optical tracking systems operate in all regions and climatic conditions, from arctic to tropical waters and are installed on all classes of vessel, from small patrol boats operating in coastal, offshore and EEZ patrol operations to major naval surface combatants, aircraft carriers and auxiliaries operating in littoral and blue water environments.

Mike Williams, Managing Director, Ultra CSS said: “Ultra is pleased to be engaged with Babcock in supporting this important frontline system and looks forward to delivering high levels of availability and service throughout the contract”.

Type 45 is an anti-air warfare destroyer  equipped with long-range radar and wide-area defence capability. The ship’s combat systems also have the capability to control aircraft and coordinate the anti-air warfare operations of the task force.

The Type 45 destroyer is armed with long-range weapon systems to intercept air threats including super-agile manoeuvring missiles with re-attack modes. The UK PAAMS defends the ships from missiles approaching individually or in salvos and is capable of controlling a large number of airborne missiles simultaneously. The Type 45 could also accommodate cruise missiles such as the Tomahawk and anti-ballistic missiles if a requirement is identified in future.

The Type 45 destroyer can operate a helicopter up to the size of a Royal Navy Merlin helicopter but initially operates with Lynx HMA 8 helicopters armed with Stingray torpedoes.