Major supplier to Royal Navy set for £2.6BN takeover by US-owned firm

Ultra Electronics Group, a British company serving the defence, security, critical detection and control markets, will be bought by Cobham, owned by the US investment firm Advent. The US-owned firm said the combined company would play a “mission-critical” role in defence and security for the “five eyes” network of intelligence allies – the UK, US, Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

Ultra undertakes highly sensitive work providing advanced submarine-hunting sonar, and supplying military programmes including Typhoon fighter jets.

The UK-listed group employs more than 4,600 people across the globe, including about 1,700 in the UK.

Cobham also revealed however Ultra’s energy and forensics divisions – possibly seen as not being part of its core aerospace and defence focused work – could be sold.

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DE&S secure multi-million upgrade for Type 45 destroyers

The Royal Navy’s Type 45 destroyers will receive a £500-million upgrade to enhance their firepower capability under contracts placed by Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S)

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Port of Tilbury flood defence gates project

WORK is progressing on this project of national importance to install new dual function lock gates on the Thames Estuary in Tilbury.

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IAI and Thales UK partner to offer SEA SERPENT capability for Royal Navy

IAI – Israel Aerospace Industries and Thales UK have partnered to offer the SEA SERPENT anti-ship and anti-surface missile solution for the Royal Navy to equip Type 23 frigates with an anti-ship and anti-surface missile that can match and overmatch a rapidly expanding range and intensity of current and emerging threats.

According to IAI, the SEA SERPENT delivers highly penetrative, combined anti-ship and land attack capabilities at ranges exceeding 200km.

IAI said that it can adjust its course or re-task in flight based on real-time intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance (ISTAR) feeds.

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