General Dynamics Canada, Ultra Electronics Maritime Systems, and Raytheon Canada Limited Join Forces to Deliver Underwater Warfare Upgrade in Canada

May 24, 2014 | News Release

The General Dynamics-led team leverages proven expertise in sonar system design, manufacturing, and integration to create world-leading anti-submarine warfare capability for Canada.

OTTAWA, Ontario General Dynamics CanadaUltra Electronics Maritime Systems, and Raytheon Canada Limited have announced a teaming agreement in pursuit of Canada's Underwater Warfare Suite Upgrade (UWSU) project.  The team offers proven, ready-for-delivery capabilities that would bring substantially increased anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capability to the Royal Canadian Navy's (RCN) twelve Halifax Class Patrol Frigates.

Under the agreement, Ultra Electronics will provide an enhanced towed sonar system, including a towed low-frequency active sonar, delivering a leap forward in submarine detection capability. With its worldwide reputation for excellence in airborne and surface-ship ASW sonars, Raytheon Canada will upgrade the hull-mounted sonar on the Patrol Frigates.  General Dynamics Canada will provide the replacement sonobuoy system and integrate the technology from all three companies, delivering a leading-edge, interoperable anti-submarine warfare system.   

The team, comprised of three of Canada's leading defence companies, brings a unique value proposition to Canada.  With a combined employee base of more than 2,600 highly skilled engineers, technologists and software design engineers, the General Dynamics-led team will offer a made-in-Canada solution, providing high value jobs for Canadians and strengthening Canada's intellectual property and leadership in anti-submarine warfare. The capability developed has proven export potential to international allies making it a possible economic stimulus for Canada's aerospace and defence sector.  

"General Dynamics Canada is Canada's centre of excellence in anti-submarine warfare. When we designed and delivered the Halifax Class sonar systems to the Royal Canadian Navy, we brought to Canada some of the best signal processing and threat detection capability in the world," said David Ibbetson, Vice President of General Dynamics C4 Systems International.  "In moving forward with our team members Ultra and Raytheon, we look forward to working with the Royal Canadian Navy to enhance their operational capability and retain this proud tradition, leading the world in anti-submarine warfare technology and doctrine". 

"The vast sonar system experience contained in the General Dynamics Canada, Ultra Electronics Maritime System and Raytheon Canada UWSU team is well placed to offer the RCN  a world-class sonar upgrade that will be designed, built, and supported in Canada by Canadians," said Ken Walker, President of UEMS "Raytheon is a recognized leader in sonar systems and trusted partner for undersea warfare solutions" said Raytheon's Kevin Peppe, Vice President of Integrated Defense Systems' Seapower Capability Systems business. "Together, this team will apply our collective sonar and ship systems experience and expertise to offer the Royal Canadian Navy a comprehensive, end-to-end ASW capability." 

The request for proposal on the UWSU project is anticipated in 2015. 

About General Dynamics Canada

General Dynamics Canada has been providing acoustic processing systems to Canadian government and international customers for more than 40 years.  Most recently the company announced a multi-year contract to provide next-generation acoustic processing systems as part of the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) P-3C Orion Maritime Patrol Aircraft upgrade program, and a multi-million dollar award to customize and install an adjunct processing system on three VASCO DA GAMA-class frigates of the Portuguese Navy.  

General Dynamics Canada is part of General Dynamics C4 Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD). For information about General Dynamics Canada please go to

About Ultra Electronics Maritime Systems

Ultra Electronics Maritime Systems Inc. (UEMS) is an international leader in the development of equipment and systems for undersea surveillance and anti-submarine warfare (ASW). Established in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada in 1947, UEMS delivers sophisticated sonar sensor systems to navies around the world including Multi-static Active Passive Sonar for the Dutch Navy, Integrated Sonar Suite for the Royal Australian Navy, and the Surface Ship Torpedo Defence System for the Royal Navy. 

Ultra Electronics Maritime Systems is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ultra Electronics Holdings which is a publically listed company on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: ULE). For information about Ultra Electronics please go to

About Raytheon Canada

Raytheon Canada Limited is a leader in high technology leveraging engineering expertise to provide military and government agencies with mission critical solutions, including air traffic control radars, highway traffic management systems, maritime surveillance radars and systems, and precision optics. Established in the 1950s and headquartered in Ottawa, Raytheon Canada Limited has employees at locations in Alberta, Ontario, and Nova Scotia. The company is a subsidiary of Raytheon Company, headquartered in Waltham, Mass.

Raytheon Company, with 2013 sales of $24 billion and 63,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, security and civil markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 92 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as cyber security and a broad range of mission support services.  

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