UDT has been supporting the Department of Defense since 1969, specializing in prototyping and unique parts manufacturing for marine submersible and non-submersible watercraft, aircraft, and clinical applications. Included among the military systems supported with these efforts are the Swimmer Delivery Vehicles (SDV), Landing Craft Air Cushioned (LCAC), clinical hyperbaric systems, diving vessels and chambers, explosive ordnance devices, aircraft and watercraft components, various Mission Modules (MM) for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), and components for the Gen II & III Mine Roller Systems.
In 1972, Mr. Balsters founded his first business, Dupliforge Inc., and continued to manufacture components for spacecraft and aircraft in addition to his continued association with the Navy in building SDVs. During this period he continued updating and overhauling existing MK-VIIs to MK-VII trainers. In 1973, Mr. Balsters moved this business to Orange County, California and changed the name to Underwater Development and Technology Incorporated (UDT Inc.). He continued to design, develop, and maintain the growing fleet of SDVs as well as being instrumental in further development of the MK-VIIIs and MK-IX boats.
To better support the SDV program in 1980, Mr. Balsters relocated his family and business to Panama City, Florida, in close proximity to the Naval Costal Systems Station, home of the SDV program. Since 1980, UDT has expanded the business to include manufacturing, rebuilding, and repairing components for the Landing Craft Air Cushioned (LCAC) program as well as pressure fittings and components for clinical hyperbaric systems, diving vessels and chambers, explosive ordnance devices, aircraft, and watercraft components
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