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Part of the Ultra Group, Ultra Tactical Communications Systems (TCS) provides advanced C4ISR systems for ground, air defense and naval applications.

Global leader in high-capacity radio communications systems

Ultra TCS supplies mission-critical communications and networking equipment for defence systems, security and public safety applications. Its integrated solutions play a major role in the C4ISR ecosystem offering communications, IP networking, C2 support and ISR network convergence. We are proud to work with leading system integrators to provide communications systems and services that can be integrated within any military architecture and fielded in any deployment scenario. The company’s products meet or exceed military requirements to ensure reliable, effective and robust communications in the harshest environments.


Ultra Electronics TCS traces its roots to 1903 when the Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company of Canada Inc. (MWTCC) was founded in Montreal. In May 1920, the company initiated the first regular, scheduled radiobroadcast program from its William Street facility, experimental emissions having started earlier in 1919. The company deployed the first Police mobile communication system in the country in 1930 and was offering ruggedized, rapidly deployable wireless communications solutions as early as 1934. In 1956, after supporting Canada and various allied forces with Brigade/Battalion level, vehicle level and shipborne Navy radios, the company became the first Canadian firm to design a complete microwave radio relay system, the Mid-Canada Defence Line. Manufacturing of the first tactical digital radio relay equipment for US DoD began in 1966. From 1925 to 2000, the company was known as Canadian Marconi Company (CMC). It was acquired by Ultra Electronics in 2002.

About the Ultra Group

The Ultra Group manages a wide range of specialist capabilities, generating highly-differentiated solutions and products in the Defence & Aerospace, Security & Cyber, Transport and Energy markets. We meet customer needs by applying electronic and software technologies in demanding environments and meeting critical requirements.

Ultra businesses innovate constantly to create solutions for customers – often through highly specialised, disruptive technological innovation – which are different from and better than those of the Group’s competitors. By applying these differentiated solutions to a wide range of international platforms and programmes, Ultra has built an exceptionally broad range of specialist capability areas. Where the Group has a number of complementary capabilities it can also combine these to offer wider solutions. Furthermore, the products, capabilities and the associated domain expertise uniquely position Ultra to be able to provide system and sub-system solutions. These solutions are underpinned by through-life management support offerings that ensure the capabilities are delivered and sustained in-service. The Group has an active programme of reinvestment of funds to strengthen its capabilities in its specialist markets.

Ultra offers support to its customers through the design, delivery and support phases of a programme. Ultra’s businesses have a high degree of operational autonomy so that they provide exceptionally agile and responsive support to customers and partners normally associated with a smaller business. These benefits of customer focus and agility are augmented by the access to wider and complementary technology and expertise that lies elsewhere in the Group and by Ultra’s strong financial position.
Ultra’s deep understanding of its specialist capability areas combined with knowledge of the customer environment is a key factor in delivering innovative solutions to meet customer needs.