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Ultra Electronics USSI HyperSpike®

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Ultra Electronics USSI awarded follow-on defense contract for High Power Speaker Array (HPSA)

COLUMBIA CITY, Indiana (May 18, 2016) – Ultra Electronics USSI today announces that it has been awarded a follow-on defense contract for 43 MA-1 speakers and 43 direct-current amplifiers for the US Army. This order adds to the existing installed base within the United States military. To date, over 1,000 MA-1 speakers have been sold and fielded in both commercial and military marketplaces.

The MA-1 is a 1,600 watt omni-directional speaker that is capable of emitting clear and intelligible voice, and piercing alert tones within a 1.5 mile radius.  Weighing only 48 pounds, it is simple and easy to install and allows for rapid deployment in any situation.  The MA-1 is available in multiple configurations, including a portable and remote operated HyperSpike® Command and Control package, as well as static mounted configurations for integration into permanent installations.

“The MA-1 speaker and amplification system is ideal for a military audio-warning application”, said Patrick Allison, Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Tactical users need a rugged, 24/7, intelligible voice system that is maintenance-free with quick erect and tear down capability in the field environment.” Our system significantly reduces labor-intensive installation and the routine maintenance associated with legacy audio technologies.”

Ultra Electronics USSI is an innovative, global supplier of highly intelligible, ruggedized, long-range acoustic communication devices and mass notification systems. Being deployed worldwide, these products are used in diverse applications such as crowd control, mass notification, border/port security, law enforcement, maritime security, perimeter protection, and more. To find out more or request a demonstration, please visit

About Ultra Electronics:

Ultra Electronics is a group of businesses which manage a portfolio of specialist capabilities, generating highly differentiated solutions and products in the defense & aerospace, security & cyber, transport and energy markets by applying electronic and software technologies in demanding and critical environments to meet customer needs.

Ultra has world-leading positions in many of its specialist capabilities and, as an independent, non-threatening partner, is able to support all of the main prime contractors in its sectors.  As a result of such positioning, Ultra’s systems, equipment or services are often mission or safety-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 underpins the superior financial performance of the Group.

Ultra offers support to its customers through the design, delivery and support phases of a programme. 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.

Across the Group’s three divisions, Ultra operates in the following eight market segments:

•  Aerospace  

•  Communications

•  C2ISR

•  Infrastructure

•  Land

•  Maritime

•  Nuclear

•  Underwater Warfare