Ultra Electronics Measurement Systems Inc. Celebrates 50 Years Serving the Defense Industry

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Ultra Electronics Measurement Systems Inc. (MSI) last week celebrated its 50th year in business serving our nation's warfighters with precision human machine interface devices and control systems. The program included talks by MSI President Ken Tasch; Ultra Electronics COO, Rakesh Sharma; US Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro; and Raytheon Network Centric Engineer, Willliam Farmer. MSI designs, manufactures and supplies ruggedized, high performance hand controls and control systems primarily for military and aerospace applications.

MSI receives Raytheon 2010 Supplier Award at its 50th Anniversary. Left to Right Wallingford Mayor William Dickinson Jr., Congresswoman DeLauro, MSI President Ken Tasch, Raytheon Network Centric Engineer William Farmer.

I am truly honored that such an extraordinary company has called Connecticut home since its founding in 1960. MSI should be proud of its rich history and impressive achievements in the defense industry. It is a privilege to extend my words of tribute to all as this distinguished company celebrates its golden anniversary.

On Tuesday, October 12th, Ultra Electronics Measurement Systems Inc. (MSI) marked its 50th Anniversary with a program attended by MSI, Ultra Electronics Executives and special guests, United States Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, Wallingford Mayor William Dickinson, Jr., and Raytheon Network Centric Systems Engineer, William Farmer. Originally founded in 1960 in Norwalk, Connecticut by Mr. Morton Mehr as a technology company providing specialty test and measurement equipment, MSI has become a leading designer and manufacturer of high precision human machine integration devices and systems.

“For decades, Ultra Electronics has been a provider of critical components to many of our most vital defense programs utilized in the air, on the ground, and at sea,” said Congresswoman DeLauro. “I applaud them for the excellence they have achieved over the last 50 years in helping Connecticut remain a leader in the defense industry, such an important part of our state’s economy, the jobs they have created and the great environment they provide for those workers.”

In a letter to MSI, Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell stated “I am truly honored that such an extraordinary company has called Connecticut home since its founding in 1960. MSI should be proud of its rich history and impressive achievements in the defense industry. It is a privilege to extend my words of tribute to all as this distinguished company celebrates its golden anniversary.”

With MSI’s focus on force protection and products that provide our nation’s warfighters with the ability to effectively and predictably control vehicles, payloads and weapon systems while being safely protected within a vehicle or shelter and at a safe distance from danger; the company is proud of the role it plays in keeping our nation’s warfighters out of harm’s way. “The soldier in theater is our customer. What we do here at MSI every day is make products and devices that hopefully help our soldiers come home safe and sound,” stated MSI President, Ken Tasch upon closing his remarks.

During his portion of the program, William Farmer, Raytheon Network Centric Engineer, presented MSI with one of Raytheon’s Valued Supplier Awards for 2010. With over 3000 suppliers on the Long Range Advanced Scout Surveillance System for which MSI provides rugged, precision hand controls, Mr. Farmer indicated that this kind of recognition doesn’t happen very often; “MSI has been one of our top and most important suppliers because of the interface between the human and the actual use of the system.”

It is MSI’s technology, innovation and people that are responsible for the company’s success and longevity. “Without good people, we wouldn’t have a company. All we would have are bricks and mortar. It is my sincerely held belief that the backbone of not just the US economy and the UK economy, but of economies everywhere, is companies like MSI. Without companies like MSI that generate jobs, generate innovation and growth, you wouldn’t have the larger companies who rely upon us in their supply chain to do what they do,” commented Rakesh Sharma, Ultra Electronics COO, during the proceedings.

About MSI
Ultra Electronics Measurement Systems Inc (MSI) is a leading designer and manufacturer of control solutions for military and commercial applications including manned and unmanned vehicles, FLIR systems, undersea vessels, radar controls, aircraft (fixed wing & rotary), simulators, "fly by wire" systems and integrated systems where human factors are involved. As a proven expert in precision Human-machine Interface (HMI) solutions, including hand controls/grips, joysticks, trackballs and integrated systems, Ultra MSI possesses a long history of working with customers to optimize control system performance through engineering excellence. The company’s products can be found on some of the most demanding and well-known platforms used by the US military in theater today, including current Department of Defense programs such as th Common Remotely Operated Weapon System (CROWS) mounted on both Stryker and MRAP vehicles, the Long Range Advanced Scout Surveillance System (LRAS3), the Predator UAV Ground Control Station, and the helm control for Virginia Class submarines. MSI also specializes in high fidelity simulation and provides flight controls for F-15, F-16, F-18 and F-22 trainers. For more information on MSI’s capabilities and technologies, please visit ultra-msi.com.

About Ultra Electronics
Ultra Electronics is an internationally successful defence and aerospace company with a long, consistent track record of development and growth. Ultra businesses constantly innovate to create solutions to customer requirements that are different from and better than those of the Group’s competitors. The Group has over one hundred distinct market or technology niches within its twenty four businesses. The diversity of niches enables Ultra to contribute to a large number of defense, aerospace and civil platforms and programs and provides resilience to the Group’s financial performance. For more information on Ultra Electronics, please visit ultra-electronics.com.

Company Contact:                     
Monica Roy
Director of Marketing & Strategic Planning                        
Ultra Electronics Measurement Systems Inc.                         
(203) 949-3506                        


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