ERAPSCO announces new US Navy sonobuoy contract

Sonobuoys loaded in an SH-60F Seahawk helicopter. Photo: US Navy

The U.S. Navy has awarded ERAPSCO, an Ultra Electronics Holdings and Sparton Corporation joint venture, a $64.6 million subcontract for the manufacture of sonobuoys, the company announced.

The award is a GFY17 ERAPSCO Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract release for sonobuoy requirements under a five year contract. ERAPSCO will provide production subcontracts in the amount of million $29.3 and $35.3 million to Ultra Electronics USSI and Sparton De Leon Springs, LLC respectively.

Production will take place at Ultra Electronics USSI’s Columbia City, IN facility and Sparton’s De Leon Springs, FL facility and is expected to be completed by January 2019.

“I am pleased that we have secured this important contract that will continue to provide critical sensor capabilities to the U.S. Navy. This contract is a reflection of the increased focus on anti-submarine warfare and the U.S. Navy’s commitment to providing key technology for this important mission,” stated Rakesh Sharma, chief executive of Ultra Electronics.

“We are pleased that the Navy continually shows confidence in Sparton to deliver a product so vital to the safety of the American public,” said Joe Hartnett, interim president and chief executive officer of Sparton Corporation.

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