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Ultra acquires local company Avalon Systems

LEADING British defence electronics company Ultra has penetrated the Australian market by acquiring local company Avalon Systems.

The acquisition led to the creation of a new electronic warfare division within the company and the establishment of its Australian head office in Adelaide, in 2009.

Ultra Electronics Group designs and manufactures electronic and electro-mechanical systems, sub-systems and products for defence, security and aerospace applications worldwide.

The company, which employs 4000 people, plays an important role in supporting prime contractors by undertaking specialist system and sub-system integration.

Established in 1995, Avalon demonstrated a high level of expertise in this field through the delivery of sophisticated EW systems, EW support equipment and software applications, holding contracts with the US and Australian Armed Forces.

Avalon Systems is now a specialist business within Ultra Electronics Group and is a leading provider of niche technologies and capabilities to the Electronic Warfare (EW) practitioner.

The company employs 40 highly skilled and specialised staff in Adelaide, and proudly opened an expanded facility in 2011, tripling the size of its footprint.

CEO of Ultra Electronics Group, Rakesh Sharma, said South Australia had been the focus of the company’s investment for several reasons.

“The support of the South Australian Government was second to none.

“Through direct relationships and help from various agencies, not only were we made to feel welcome but it was clear that their values of long-term partnership, support, entrepreneurship, growth and good humour mirrored our own core beliefs.

“Secondly, there was a high availability of skilled personnel relative to our sector which was equally matched by the quality of people.

“Third, Defence SA has demonstrably delivered on their statements and promises.

“We are a very happy corporate citizen, and are planning to increase our investment further into South Australia,” Rakesh said.