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Newark’s UltraLife scores $4.7 million contract

Ultralife Corp. has been awarded a contract valued at approximately $4.7 million to supply its Vehicle Installed Power Enhanced Rifleman Appliqué (VIPER) to Thales Defense and Security, Inc., which it says is a global leader in the development, manufacture and support of combat-proven, software-defined radio equipment, for the U.S. Army.

Officials from Newark-based Ultralife said the contract follows VIPER awards and shipments in 2015 and 2016 totaling $10.5 million. Shipments are expected to commence in 2017 and be completed in the first half of 2018, the company said.

“We are proud that our product has once again been selected as a critical component for the U.S. Army’s multi-phased modernization program providing enhanced digital voice and data communications to the dismounted soldier,” said Michael Popielec, Ultralife’s president and chief executive officer. “This contract further illustrates the benefits of our strategy of investing in product development and engineering in close collaboration with a strategic partner. … As we continue to develop new products across our business, our VIPER platform provides a technically advanced building block for the increasingly complex, secure integrated communications products required for soldier modernization.”

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