Ultra and Mahindra partner on Indian Navy’s IADS program

Engineering company Ultra has joined forces with defence company Mahindra Defence Systems Limited to deliver integrated anti-submarine warfare defence suite (IADS) for selected frontline warships of the Indian Navy.

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As disclosed, the IADS provides a multi-sensor ASW capability using an in-line active and passive towed low-frequency variable depth sonar as well as torpedo defence to defeat detected torpedo threats.

“IADS represents an … enhancement in the Indian Navy’s anti-submarine warfare capability and ability to deliver maritime mission effectiveness and protection to India’s surface fleet,” Simon Pryce, Ultra Chief Executive, commented.

“IADS is the first major contract from the Indian Navy to an Indian private sector company for underwater detection and protection from threats.,” SP Shukla, Chairman – Mahindra Defence and Mahindra Aerospace, stated.

“Mahindra is looking forward to delivering IADS and further build partnerships with Ultra in other programmes. This contract once again epitomises the success of the ‘Make in India’ initiative of the Indian Government.”

The contract is worth approximately £60 million, Ultra noted.

Deliveries are due to commence in 2024 and are to be completed by 2030.

To remind, Mahindra partnered with Ultra Electronics UK for addressing the highly specialized segment of underwater warfare equipment for the Indian Navy.

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