The Naval Surface Warfare Center Awards $4.3 Million IDIQ Contract to Ultra Electronics Measurement Systems Inc.

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The modular Freedom of Movement Control Unit from MSI was selected to provide the operator control for all three variants of the Marine's Ground Based Operational Surveillance System.

Ultra Electronics Measurement Systems Inc. (MSI) received a $4.3 Million contract from the Naval Surface Warfare Center for its Freedom of Movement Control Unit, FMCU™, in support of the Ground Based Operational Surveillance System, G-BOSS. G-BOSS is a Naval Sea Systems Command program providing integrated "beyond-the-fence" surveillance capability for the Marines with 3 variants including two vehicular towed trailers with Ground Control Station functionality and one variant as a fully portable tri-pod system.

The FMCU™ from MSI is a patented "game-style" fully ruggedized operator control unit providing highly concentrated and customizable functionality including trigger control making it ideal for ideal for portable and remote control of payloads and unmanned systems. The Freedom of Movement Control Unit offers G-BOSS operators the ability to control the electro-optic/infrared sensors included with each of the G-BOSS variants (light tripod, medium 30' trailer-mounted mast, and heavy 80' trailer-mounted tower) using a ruggedized hand controller that is very similar in form and function to the commonly used video gaming controller. For the heavy variant, operators may control two sensors simultaneously using two FMCUs, one for each sensor. The G-BOSS sensor suite includes a Star SAFIRE®* IIIFP camera, a ThermoVision®* 3000 camera with GPS, and a Man-portable Surveillance and Target Acquisition Radar.

With an available modular LCD, the FMCU is easily configured for each variant and provides the Marines with the ability to use the identical control across all platforms with the integrated LCD for the portable tri-pod variant where the display is needed.

G-BOSS provides defensive capability as a Force Protection asset for Forward Operating Bases, Command Outposts, Battle Positions and Entry Control points; as well as offensive capability in the form of expeditionary situational awareness.

*Star SAFIRE and ThermoVision are registered trademarks of FLIR Systems.

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 the 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

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

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