Ultra I&C: Tactical communications, command and control solutions

Ultra Intelligence & Communications (Ultra I&C) delivers critical, tactical communications in the most challenging environments. Read how Ultra I&C partnered with CCC to secure U.S. DoD contracts worth over $1.1 billion dollars.

About Ultra I&C

Based in Montreal, Quebec, Ultra Intelligence & Communications specializes in mission-critical, multi-domain communications, command and control, and cyber security. Its provides solutions that are integral operational components for the U.S. Department of Defense, the UK Ministry of Defence, the Canadian Department of National Defence, and many more defence organizations worldwide. 

Formerly known as Ultra Electronics TCS, the company’s history dates back to the 1920s. However, Ultra I&C as it operates today was formed in 1993 from the management buy-out of seven business of the Dowty Electronics Systems Division. 

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Contract with U.S. Navy

ATCS project

In July 2020, Ultra I&C was awarded through CCC a 10 year, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with a ceiling value of $145 million dollars, and an initial order of $26.8 million dollars. The contract is for the development, production, spares and services in support of the Amphibious Tactical Communications System (ATCS) project.

The ATCS project aims to leverage core technologies from Ultra’s ORION radio/networking systems to meet the challenging requirements of shipboard maritime environments. 

ATCS project seeks to provide state-of-the-art, long-range wireless communications capability between the Navy’s L-Class (Landing Craft) Ships and Marine Corps MRC-142D shore systems operated by the Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF). The ATCS project will also support humanitarian and disaster response operations.  

Contract with U.S. Army

TRILOS program 

In 2019, Ultra I&C secured through CCC an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract worth up to $500 million dollars. The five year contract supplied Ultra’s ORION radio systems to the U.S. Army’s Terrestrial Transmission Line of Sight (TRILOS) Radio Program. TRILOS bolsters communication capabilities in  environments without satellite access. 

Ultra’s ORION radio system enhances the communications capabilities of military units by providing higher levels of data throughput at extended ranges, including critical areas at the tactical edge. Think about a big pipe that is able to move data across the battle space. ORION is the fourth generation of high capacity radio systems that Ultra has delivered to the U.S. Department of Defense over a period spanning five decades. 

To date, Ultra has sold more than 50,000 tactical radios and has provided tactical communications capability for the U.S. Army TRILOS, Patriot missile system, IAMD and U.S. Navy ATCS programmes, among many others. These deployments include ground-to-ground, air-to-ground, ship-to-ship and ship-to-shore communications applications.

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Image of Ultra’s ORION X500 tri-channel radio

Made in Canada solution

The Orion Radio was developed under a research loan provided under Canada’s Strategic Aerospace and Defence Initiative (SADI) – which provides repayable contributions to support research and development (R&D) projects in the aerospace, space, defence and security (A&D) sectors. 

The ORION radio system was first supplied to the U.S. Government’s TRILOS program in 2017 as a modernized replacement of the High Capacity Line of Sight (HCLOS) system supplied under a previous contract. ORION has evolved to become a U.S. Government “Program of Record”, making it a go-to-solution for the country’s military. Orion radios currently provide the communications backbone in both the U.S. Army and the Marine Corps. 

Orion radios provide the communications backbone in both the U.S. Army and the Marine Corps and soon will provide critical capabilities for the U.S. Navy.

Other Ultra I&C Successes

Since it was established in 1998, Ultra I&C has been awarded through CCC contracts with the U.S. DoD worth over $1.1 billion dollars. Ultra I&C provides a wide range of solutions that have been adopted by many countries.

Source: USAF

U.S. Air Force – ABMS

In 2022, Ultra was awarded by the U.S. Air Force (USAF) a contract valued up to $950 million dollars for the maturation, demonstration and proliferation of capability across platforms and domains. The indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract will support USAF’s Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS).

Source:  Ultra I&C

DND Canada – Multiband terminals

In 2019, Ultra partnered with Inmarsat to successfully delivered 16 satellite multiband earth ground station terminals to Canada’s Department of National Defence (DND).

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Systematic A/S, Denmark – TALON software

In 2015, Ultra was contracted by Systemic A/S for the maintenance and support associated with its TALON software. Ultra’s TALON can control hardware attached directly or remotely via a datalink such as the Ultra ORION.

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About CCC

The Canadian Commercial Corporation is a federal crown corporation and is only the Canadian agency that offers commercial advocacy, collaborative project development, and international contracting expertise to help Canadian businesses secure contracts with foreign governments at the national, state, and municipal level.


Our International Prime Contractor is a fee-based program where we sign government to government (G2G) contracts with foreign government buyers for the sale of Canadian solutions. Our U.S. DoD Prime Contractor program is a free program funded by the Government of Canada and supported by the U.S. Government, to help Canadians sell their products, services and solutions to the U.S. military. To learn more about CCC and how we can help you, contact us.

Last updated: September 2023

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