Ultra Wins Contract for CVF Electro Optical Systems
Ultra Electronics Command and Control systems has been awarded a contract by the UK’s Aircraft Carrier Alliance (ACA) for the design definition of the Electro Optical System and Glide Path Camera for the Royal Navy’s new Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers (CVF). It is anticipated that this initial Design Phase contract will lead to a full Production contract for two ship-sets of equipment.
Both the EOS and GPC solutions are based on Ultra’s SERIES 2500, which is in service with the navies of Australia, Brunei and Romania and is soon to enter service with the Royal Navy on the Type 45 ‘Daring’ class AAW Destroyers. The EOS is configured as a dual EO Director (EOD) system that will be integrated into the CVF’s Mission System to provide a 360 degree full volumetric visual and IR surveillance capability. The GPC will employ the same sensor suite as the EOS but will be configured as a single EOD system for monitoring the position, attitude and status of recovering aircraft on their landing approach.
This 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. Ultra’s extensive experience in electro optics and naval systems meant that it was able to provide the optimum cost effective and compliant solution in terms of performance, integration, innovation and flexibility.
The modularity and flexible open architecture of SERIES 2500 enables the system to be adapted to a number of applications, including surveillance and observation, target tracking and indication, position and attitude reporting, gun fire control and asymmetric defence. SERIES 2500 features a high degree of automation which, together with an intuitive Human Computer Interface (HCI), reduces operator workload. A standard integral 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.