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Ultra Electronics Awarded Contracts Worth US$56m

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Ultra Electronics
: 10 October, 2006  (New Product)
Ultra announces that it has been awarded contracts worth over US$56m for battlespace IT equipment as part of a new equipment replacement programme for the US Marines. The Group's Tactical Communication Systems ('TCS') business in Montreal, Canada has been awarded a contract valued at more than US$38m for the supply of its latest generation high capacity, line-of-sight tactical radios for the AN/MRC-142 communication systems used by the US Marine Corps. In addition, Ultra's DNE Technologies ('DNE') business based in Wallingford, Connecticut, US has received a contract valued at over US$18m to provide specialist communications network access control and data management equipment as part of the same AN/MRC-142 renewal programme. TCS and DNE will deliver the equipment under these contracts in the period 2006 to 2008. The contracts detailed above are in addition to existing contracts that both TCS and DNE hold to supply advanced communications equipment to US Armed Forces.

Under separate, existing contracts TCS will supply an increased capacity, 16Mb/s version of its radio which is the current baseline for the US Army Joint Network Node (JNN) program, providing wideband line-of-sight communications. TCS also continues to deliver its high capacity radios and shelter upgrade kits to the US Army for its Signal and Patriot Air Defense units. Ultra's state-of-the-art radios are now a key element of the radio backbone of the US Army and US Marine Corp's global information grid. The Ultra radios and the associated shelters have performed very well with US Army units in Iraq, providing dependable, high capacity data links. DNE already provides a broad range of voice/data multiplexers and tactical data modem solutions to all four branches of the US military. DNE supplied its rugged, reliable voice and data multiplexers on the original MRC-142 program in 2002. This new programme to replace the MRC-142 equipment now incorporates the latest high-speed data concentrators and tactical modems that support 16 Mb/s operation over copper and fibre-optic communications networks. Douglas Caster, Chief Executive of Ultra, commented: 'Ultra continues to enhance the capabilities of the battlespace IT products it supplies to the US and other armed forces around the world. For this MRC-142 renewal programme, both TCS and DNE will supply advanced, reliable tactical communications equipment that will enhance the warfighting capabilities of the US Marine Corps.'
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