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.
Ultra was formed in 1993 1 and reported a revenue of GBP 84 million after
its first year .
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 .
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
Ultra has developed a series of future-proof cryptographic solutions,
some of which are drop-in replacements for obsolete legacy equipment.
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
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 .
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
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  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 .
In 1992, Dowty Group was acquired by TI Group (formerly Tube Investments),
a holding company for specialised engineering companies .
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 .
In 1996, the new company was floated on the London Stock Exchange.
- Ultra Electronics
Communications & Integrated Systems
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