Ultra Electronics USSI Receives $1.2 Million Fuel Cell Contract for Unmanned Aerial Systems

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Ultra Electronics USSI announces the receipt of $1.2 million contract award for D245XR and D350XR fuel cells for use in Group 1 unmanned aerial systems (UAS).

Ultra Electronics USSI announces the receipt of $1.2 million contract award for D245XR and D350XR fuel cells for use in Group 1 unmanned aerial systems (UAS). Representing the most advanced solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) power technology available today, the D245XR and D350XR fuel cells provide UAS platforms advanced sensor capabilities, extended operational range and an excess of eight flight hours in the small UAS footprint.

Compared to traditional powered UAS platforms, those powered by the D245XR and D350XR SOFC technology can fly further and longer, as well as carry more mission-critical sensors with a much smaller logistical impression. Unlike internal combustion engine generators, which have large moving assemblies and a significantly larger noise signature, the only moving parts in a D245XR and D350XR are the internal cooling and air-delivery fans, providing an acoustic noise signature similar to that of a battery-powered UAS platform.

Patrick Allison, Vice President of Marketing and Sales for USSI commented: “The integration of our D245XR and D350XR fuel cells with Group 1 UAS platforms provides a significant strategic advantage to our ground forces in the field. The D245XR and D350XR rugged, lightweight portable fuel cells are the perfect power source for expeditionary UAS mission power. The use of clean and efficient propane fuel, which contains 10x the energy density of advanced batteries, allows the fuel cells to be operated anywhere in the world by locally sourced propane and natural gas fuel.”

Ultra Electronics USSI Fuel Cell Products designs and manufactures SOFC for back up and portable power. Our micro-tubular ceramic cell design allows us to offer compact and rugged systems that can operate in the most austere and remote locations. To learn more about Ultra Electronics USSI Fuel Cell Products visit http://www.ultra-fuelcells.com.

Further information about Ultra:

Ultra Electronics is an internationally successful defence, security, transport and energy company with a long track record of development and growth. The Group manages a portfolio of specialist capabilities generating innovative solutions to customer needs. Ultra applies electronic and software technologies in demanding and critical environments ranging from military applications, through safety-critical devices in aircraft, to nuclear controls and sensor measurement. These capabilities have seen the Group’s highly-differentiated products contributing to a large number of platforms and programs.

Ultra has world-leading positions in many of its specialist capabilities and, as an independent, non-threatening partner, is able to support all of the main prime contractors in its sectors. As a result of such positioning, Ultra’s systems, equipment or services are often mission or safety-critical to the successful operation of the platform to which they contribute. In turn, this mission-criticality secures Ultra’s positions for the long-term which underpins the superior financial performance of the Group.

Ultra offers support to its customers through the design, delivery and support phases of a program. Ultra businesses have a high degree of operational autonomy where the local management teams are empowered to devise and implement competitive strategies that reflect their expertise in their specific niches. The Group has a small head office and executive team that provide to the individual businesses the same agile, responsive support that they provide to customers, as well as formulating Ultra’s overarching, corporate strategy.

Across the Group’s three divisions, Ultra operates in the following eight market segments:

  • Aerospace    
  • Land
  • Communications    
  • Maritime
  • C2ISR    
  • Nuclear
  • Infrastructure     
  • Underwater Warfare

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