Ultra Electronics expands into Adelaide with acquisition of Avalon Systems
Leading British defence electronics company Ultra has penetrated the Australian market by acquiring a local company with Australian MoD accreditation.
This addition has led to the creation of a new Electronic warfare division within the company which is going from strength to strength.
Ultra Electronics Group designs and manufactures electronic and electromechanical systems, sub-systems and products for defence, security and aerospace applications worldwide.
The company, which employs 4000 people, plays an important role in supporting prime contractors by undertaking specialist system and sub-system integration. Ultra saw the benefits of investment in South Australia when it acquired local company Avalon Systems and established its Australian head office in Adelaide in 2009.
Ultra Electronics Avalon Systems is now a specialist business within the Ultra Electronics group and is a leading provider of niche technologies and capabilities to the Electronic Warfare (EW) practitioner. Established in 1995, Avalon has demonstrated a high level of expertise in this field through the delivery of sophisticated EW systems, EW support equipment and software applications. Recently Avalon has won contracts to supply C-IED equipments to the US and Australian Armed Forces.
Ultra Electronics is also successfully delivering a series of major Air Warfare Destroyer contracts. Among these is a contract for multi-purpose digital receiver and integration work on the electronic warfare system, which is capable of detecting and classifying radars, producing counter-measure transmissions against radar threats and intercepting communication signals.
Ultra is also carrying out in-country tasks for a sonar contract that was awarded to its British-based parent company. This capability includes integrated hull-mounted sonar and a towed array to detect and track submarines beyond their lethal range and defend against torpedoes.
The company now employs 40 highly skilled and specialised staff in Adelaide and proudly opened an expanded facility in mid-2011, tripling the size of its footprint at Mawson Lakes. The expansion included a specialist towed array overhaul and repair facility, part of the in-country capability being developed in support of the AWD Integrated Sonar Suite.
Mr Rakesh Sharma, CEO of Ultra Electronics Group, comments on the move to South Australia:
“South Australia has been the focus of our investment for several reasons. First, the support of the South Australian Government was second to none. Through direct relationships and help from various agencies not only were we made to feel welcome but it was clear that values of long term partnership, support, entrepreneurship, growth and also importantly good humour and a zest to meet life’s challenges mirrored our own core beliefs. We felt at home before we had even found a home. Second, there was a high availability of skilled personnel relative to our sector which was equally matched by the quality of people. Third, Defence SA has demonstrably delivered on their statements and promises. We are a very happy corporate citizen and are planning to increase our investment further into South Australia.”