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Ultra Electronics
Communication & Integrated Systems

Ultra Electronics Communication & Integrated Systems, or Ultra Electronics, often abbreviated to Ultra, is part of the Ultra Electronics group of businesses which provides solutions and products in the areas of defence, aerospace, (cyber) security, transport and energy. In 2014, the company had over 4600 employees, based mainly in the UK, USA, Canada, Australia and the Middle East.

Corporate logo. Copyright Ultra Electronics [1].

Ultra was formed in 1993 1 and reported a revenue of GBP 84 million after its first year [2]. The company has since grown significantly, both by expansion and by acquisitions. In 2013 the group reported a revenue of GBP 745 million with an underlying profit of GBP 121.7 million [1]. Much of Ultra's work is for the UK Ministry of Defence (UK MOD) and for other defence organisations and is therefore classified. In the area of cryptography, Ultra has developed a series of future-proof cryptographic solutions, some of which are drop-in replacements for obsolete legacy equipment.
 
  1. In its present form, Ultra was established in 1993, although the history of the company dates back to 1920.


 
Ultra equipment covered on his website
Embedded cryptographic module Replacement for the BID/250 and other (obsolete) cryptographic units KG-40A Replenishment

 
History
The history of Ultra Electronics dates back to 1920, when Teddy Rosen started the manufacturing of high quality headphones under the name Edward E. Rosen & Co. In 1923 the company moved to Harrow Road, London (UK) and two years later, in 1925, the new company Ultra Electric Ltd. was established, introducing its first mains powered wireless set in 1931 [3].

In the period leading to WWII, the company moved and expanded several times and produced a wide range of domestic radio receivers such as the Blue Fox, Lynx, Panther and Tiger models. In 1939, Ultra even introduced a (then) high definition television receiver for the BBC's new 405 lines broadcasts that were transmitted from the BBC studios at Alexandra Palace (North London, UK).

After WWII, in 1956, Ultra opened a new factory for the production of televisions and radios at Gosport (UK) and a few years later, in 1959, they acquired Pilot Radio & Television. A year later, the company was split into two divisions: one dealing with domestic products such as radio and television, and one dealing with other electronic products. In 1961, the consumer division was taken over by Thorn Electrical Industries, who continued using the Ultra brandname until 1974.

The remainder of the company, i.e. the electronics division, was renamed to Ultra Electronics Ltd. and produced products for the Ministry of Defence (MOD), such as the Jezebel and Mini-Jezebel Sonobuoys [4] which were used in anti-submarine warfare and underwater acoustic research. In 1977, Ultra Electronics Ltd. was bought by the Dowty Group, a British aircraft manufacturer [5].

In 1992, Dowty Group was acquired by TI Group (formerly Tube Investments), a holding company for specialised engineering companies [6]. A year later howewer (1993), seven of the Dowty Group plc companies, including Ultra Electronics, became the subject of a management buyout led by Julian Blogh [3]. In 1996, the new company was floated on the London Stock Exchange.
 
Current address
  • Ultra Electronics
    Communications & Integrated Systems
    419 Bridport Road
    Greenford, Middlesex
    UB6 8UA
    United Kingdom

    Phone: +44 (0)20 88134567
    Website: www.ultra-electronics.com

References
  1. Ultra Electronics,About us, Group overview
    Corporate website. Rerieved March 2015.

  2. Ultra Electronics, Welcome to Ultra
    An introduction to Ultra Electronics 2014. Retrieved March 2015.

  3. Wikipedia, Ultra Electronics
    Retrieved March 2015.

  4. Wikipedia, Sonobuoy
    Retrieved March 2015.

  5. Wikipedia, Dowty Group
    Retrieved March 2015.

  6. Wikipedia, TI Group
    Retrieved March 2015.

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