ERAPSCO Awarded U.S. Navy Sonobuoy Contract
SCHAUMBURG, Ill. and COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. — Ultra Electronics Holdings plc and Sparton Corp. have received an award of subcontracts valued at $70.3 million for their ERAPSCO joint venture for the manufacture of sonobuoys for the U.S. Navy, ERAPSCO said in a May 8 release. The award is a fiscal 2018 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract release for sonobuoy requirements under ERAPSCO’s five-year contract.
ERAPSCO will provide production subcontracts in the amount of $32.0 million and $38.3 million to Ultra Electronics USSI and Sparton De Leon Springs LLC respectively. Production will take place at Ultra Electronics USSI’s Columbia City, Indiana, facility and Sparton’s De Leon Springs, Florida, facility and is expected to be completed by March 2020.
“I am pleased that we have secured this important contract that will continue to provide critical sensor capabilities to the U.S. Navy,” said Douglas Caster, executive chairman of Ultra Electronics. “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.”
“We are proud to contribute to the defense of our great nation and allies throughout the world,” said Joe Hartnett, interim president and CEO of Sparton. “We are committed to delivering high-quality products to support that mission.”
In March, ERAPSCO received $28.4 million in sonobouy orders from the Navy. Sonobuoy orders have increased lately in recognition of the Navy’s increased concern over the submarine capabilities of peer competitors such as Russia and China.