comment on this article

Ultra's flat battery

Sir Ian Orr-Ewing's 'bitter disappointment' in June 1970 was understandable as early Sonobuoys were fraught with problems

New Electronics archive: June 23 1970

As well as limited battery life, the sonar systems which conduct anti-submarine warfare, had limited range and were overwhelmed by the sheer volume of noise created by the ocean.

Thankfully, Orr-Ewing's frustration was short lived – just a few months after the announcement of Ultra's pre-tax loss of £739,066, he was created a life peer – Baron Orr-Ewing of Little Berkhamsted.

Meanwhile, Ultra's future was a little more complex. Seven years after this news item, the defence specialist was bought by Dowty Group, while in 1993 it was the subject of a management buyout led by Julian Blogh of seven Dowty Group plc companies, which had been acquired by TI Group in 1992.

Today, Ultra generates a revenue of around £651million, with an operating income of £76m. It has 21 operations sites with approximately half based in the UK.

Chris Shaw

Comment on this article

This material is protected by Findlay Media copyright See Terms and Conditions. One-off usage is permitted but bulk copying is not. For multiple copies contact the sales team.

Enjoy this story? People who read this article also read...

What you think about this article:

Add your comments


Your comments/feedback may be edited prior to publishing. Not all entries will be published.
Please view our Terms and Conditions before leaving a comment.

Related Articles

Smart and safe

The IoT Security Foundation (IoTSF) has been set up to ensure that smart ...

Future memories

Developers of memory devices of all types have generally been the first ...

Please Do Not Touch

Just a few years ago Touch revolutionised input: mechanical buttons, keyboards ...

Circuit protection

Circuit protection is designed as an intentional weak link which can combat ...

It’s showtime!

It wasn’t too long ago that attending exhibitions had fallen out of favour with ...

A focus on quality

This time last year Smiths Group was celebrating 100 years as a listed company ...