U.S. Navy Awards Contract to Sparton and USSI

September 3, 2013

The $10.8 million subcontracts are for work to be performed under the ERAPSCO joint venture for the manufacture of sonobuoys.

SCHAUMBURG, IL & COLUMBIA CITY, IN /BUSINESS WIRE/ -- Sparton Corp. and Ultra Electronics - USSI, a subsidiary of Ultra Electronics Holdings plc (ULE) announce the award of subcontracts valued at $10.8 million to their ERAPSCO joint venture, for the manufacture of sonobuoys for the U.S. Navy. ERAPSCO will provide production subcontracts in the amount of $5.6 million and $5.2 million to Sparton Electronics Florida Inc. and USSI respectively. Production will take place at Sparton's DeLeon Springs, FL, facility, as well as at USSI's Columbia City, IN, facility, and is expected to be completed by April 2015.

ERAPSCO was awarded a contract for the AN/SSQ-53F, a passive acoustic sensor used for detection, classification, and localization of adversary submarines during peacetime and combat operations, and the AN/SSQ-125 MAC Source Sonobuoy, an A-size, expendable, multistatic active coherent (MAC) sonobuoy. The Q125 sonobuoy features digital signal processing, with digital compass capability for bearing determination, target localization, and tracking by U.S. Navy airborne personnel.

The Q53F and Q125 sonobuoys are used to support the U.S. Naval Antisubmarine Forces. The primary purpose of a sonobuoy is to detect acoustic emissions or reflections from potentially hostile submarines and transmit these signals to U.S. Navy airborne antisubmarine warfare forces.

ERAPSCO is firmly committed to the development of innovative technology in supplying the U.S. Navy with quality products that help secure U.S. borders, and is proud to continue in its role as a technology partner for the U.S. Navy.

About Sparton
Sparton Corp., now in its 113th year, is a provider of complex and sophisticated electromechanical devices, with capabilities that include concept development, industrial design, design and manufacturing engineering, production, distribution, and field service to technology-driven companies in the medical device, defense and security systems, and electronic manufacturing services markets. Headquartered in Schaumburg, IL, Sparton currently has four manufacturing locations worldwide.

About ULE
Ultra Electronics is an internationally successful defense, security, transport, and energy company with a long, consistent track record of development and growth. Ultra businesses constantly innovate to create solutions to customer requirements that are different from and better than those of the group's competitors. The group has over 180 distinct market or technology niches within its twenty eight businesses. The diversity of niches enables Ultra to contribute to a large number of defense, aerospace, and civil platforms and programs and provides resilience to the group's financial performance.

Ultra has world-leading positions in many of its niches and, as an independent, nonthreatening partner, is able to support all of the main prime contractors with specialist capabilities and solutions. As a result of such positioning, Ultra's systems, equipment, or services are often mission-critical to the successful operation of the platform to which they contribute. In turn, this mission-criticality secures Ultra's positions for the long term, which underpin the superior financial performance of the group.

Ultra offers support to its customers through the design, delivery, and support phases of a program. Ultra businesses have a high degree of operational autonomy, where the local management teams are empowered to devise and implement competitive strategies that reflect their expertise in their specific niches. The group has a small head office and executive team that provide to the individual businesses the same agile, responsive support that they provide to customers as well as formulating Ultra's overarching, corporate strategy.

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