Ultra Electronics Flightline Systems History

August 17, 2010

Ultra Electronics Flightline Systems History

In over four decades of operation, Ultra Electronics Flightline Systems has amassed an impressive pedigree of growth and success as a specialized technology supplier to military, government and private sector organizations. This history of technical innovation first began early in 1970, when General Dynamics Corporation chose to spin off a new business entity to develop and market sophisticated high-technology capabilities to the United States military. That business, EDMAC and Associates, developed a strong record of growth and innovation for over a dozen years before being acquired and renamed by RosPatch Corporation in 1982. Seven years later, the organization was privatized in a management buyout, and became Flightline Systems, Inc. Flightline was subsequently acquired by Ultra Electronics in 1997.

Throughout it’s history, Flightline Systems has been characterized by innovative, class-leading solutions, and has many firsts to its credit. Flightline was the first company to develop and introduce a digital sonobuoy receiver, which set new standards in range, accuracy, and reliability for an entire generation of military antisubmarine warfare solutions. Flightline was also the first to develop and market a robust sonobuoy positioning system, allowing accurate and reliable buoy location determination for rapid estimation of subsurface target locations.

Technical excellence has always been at the heart of Flightline Systems offerings, and among Flightline’s many firsts was the development of beamforming and notch filtering signal processing technologies to improve the detection and isolation of underwater signals of interest. Flightline was also the first company to overcome the demanding challenges of a military helicopter environment in the development an onboard sonobuoy location system.

Flightline’s Receivers Business Unit is the heart of the company, with offerings in manned and unmanned airborne and shipboard antisubmarine warfare. Flightline receivers are simultaneously backwards compatible and extensible, offering industry-leading operational specifications, and unparalleled installation and operational flexibility.

The Aircraft Instruments Business Unit offers digital, mechanical, and electro-mechanical instrumentation solutions for both fixed and rotary wing aircraft. These offerings were augmented in 2005 with the acquisition of Lewis Engineering, and again in 2009 with the acquisition of AuRACLE product line from Xerion Systems. These acquisitions extended Flightline’s instrumentation capabilities with new technologies, and permitted Flightline to address the General Aviation market for the first time with engine management solutions for both piston and turbine aircraft.

Working in partnership with Ultra Electronics Electrics, The Flightline Test Solutions Business Unit specializes in the supply of portable, ruggedized aerospace safety-critical testing and simulation solutions, and the Advanced Projects Business Unit offers highly advanced individual soldier gunfire detection capabilities for rapid detection and response to supersonic shots in the battle theater, as well as time-tested gyroscope and build-to-print key solutions for a diverse set of clients and platforms.

Today, Flightline Systems stands alone as the premier military and aerospace technology solutions provider for airborne receivers, sensors, aircraft instruments, and simulation and test systems. Flightline provides critical communications , situational awareness and instrumentation solutions to both military and private sector clients, with a product base in excess of a half million units deployed in 40 countries around the world.

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