Ultra, Mahindra partner in IADS program for some Indian warships


Aerospace and defense engineering company Ultra Electronics has secured an Integrated Anti-Submarine Defense Suite (IADS) contract with the Indian Navy.

Awarded in conjunction with Mahindra Defense Systems, the contract will see the delivery of the IADS for select front line vessels by the Navy.

This deal is worth nearly £60million, Ultra said.

Ultra’s Managing Director, Simon Pryce, said: “The IADS represents a major enhancement to the Indian Navy’s anti-submarine warfare capability and ability to deliver maritime mission effectiveness and protection. to the Indian surface fleet.

“This is another important and strategic order for Ultra and our Sonar Systems business unit. We are very proud and committed to this program and our long-term partnership with Mahindra Defense to deliver exceptional solutions to the Indian Navy.

IADS is designed to detect and protect ships from underwater threats.

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It provides a multi-sensor anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capability to detect and neutralize torpedo threats.

The equipment uses active and passive line-in towed low-frequency variable-depth sonar (LFVDS) and torpedo defense.

Ultra also noted that deliveries are expected to begin in 2024 and last through 2030.

Mahindra Defense and Mahindra Aerospace Chairman SP Shukla said, “IADS is the Indian Navy’s first major contract with an Indian private sector company for underwater detection and threat protection.

“Mahindra looks forward to delivering IADS and partnering with Ultra in other programs.

“This contract once again illustrates the success of the Indian government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative.”

In 2015, Mahindra Defense Naval Systems partnered with Ultra Electronics UK for the development of Indian Navy Underwater Warfare equipment.

This collaboration focuses on the delivery of advanced next-generation systems, including the new Torpedo Defense System (NTDS), IADS and Mine Countermeasures Equipment (MCM).


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