Ultra buys Atkins for £4m

Aerospace electronics manufacturer Ultra Electronics Group has bought Doncaster’s Atkins & Partners for £4m

Ultra Electronics Group, a manufacturer of electronic and electromechanical systems, sub-systems and products for defence, security and aerospace applications based in Greenford, Middlesex, has bought Doncaster’s Atkins & Partners for £4m.

Atkins specialises in the supply of software solutions for emergency planning, command and control, crisis and incident management and computer based training and briefing. Atkins’s customer base includes the MoD, central government, police and other emergency services.

Ultra has worked closely with Atkins since 2004 and its specialist software is a key element of the command and control system being provided by Ultra at Halifax Port, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Atkins will become part of Datel, a business within Ultra’s Aircraft and Vehicle Systems division.

Douglas Caster, Ultra’s chief executive, said: ‘I am pleased to see Atkins become part of the Ultra Group following a period of successful teaming. Its addition to Ultra’s portfolio enhances the group’s ability to provide modern homeland security solutions for which there is an increasing demand worldwide.’

Ultra, which employs 3,100 people in the UK and North America, focuses on high integrity sensing, control, communication and display systems with an emphasis on integrated information technology solutions. The group concentrates on obtaining a technological edge in niche markets, with many of its products and technologies being market leaders in their field.

Ultra’s products and services are used on aircraft, ships, submarines, armoured vehicles, surveillance systems, airports and transport systems around the world.