Lockheed Martin UK Grows ICT Footprint with NATS Contract
London, November 7, 2013 - Lockheed Martin UK has further expanded its Information and Communication Technology (ICT) footprint by being named as the provider of ICT support services for NATS, the air navigation service provider operating at 15 UK airports and in over 30 countries worldwide.
The contract further strengthens Lockheed Martin’s position as one of the top ten ICT suppliers in the UK’s public sector and will extend the company’s long standing links with NATS.
Lockheed Martin UK already provides a diverse array of mission-based services to NATS, including systems architecture, engineering, software development, laboratory support and systems integration, in a relationship that spans more than 25 years.
Under the ICT agreement, Lockheed Martin UK is supplying NATS with Infrastructure Support Services across all their worldwide locations, including server support, storage and database support and network support; service management, including co-ordination of suppliers and procurement services; desktop support and virtual desktop support.
“I have been impressed with how quickly Lockheed has been able to understand what is necessary to support the NATS infrastructure and how they have worked collaboratively with the NATS team to transition the service in such a tight and demanding timescale. I am looking forward to building on this relationship and the exciting times ahead,” said Gavin Walker, NATS Chief Information Officer:
“Following an extensive sourcing exercise, NATS selected Lockheed Martin as the provider for the support of its business IT. Not only were NATS impressed by Lockheed’s ability to understand our requirements and offer us a compelling commercial proposition, but our ongoing strategic partnership gives us the potential to enable further operational synergies in future,” commented Tim Bullock, NATS Director of Supply Chain
“This extension of our long-standing partnership with NATS underlines our growing footprint in ICT support. We are committed to providing NATS with increased value-for-money, improved service levels and continuous service improvement, utilising our ICT expertise in the UK and our standing in the US as the federal government’s leading ICT contractor,” added Mark Cooper, managing director of Lockheed Martin UK Information Systems and Global Solutions Civil.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 116,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration, and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products, and services. The Corporation’s net sales for 2012 were $47.2 billion.
The UK is Lockheed Martin’s largest international market. Headquartered in Central London, LMUK operates some 20 sites and directly had around £1 billion in sales last year. The company and its UK supply chain sustain employment for more than 10,000 individuals dedicated to the security and well-being of the United Kingdom.
NATS is the UK’s leading provider of Air Traffic Management (ATM) services, handling 2.1 million flights in 2012/13, covering the UK and eastern North Atlantic. NATS provides air traffic control from centres at Swanwick, Hampshire and Prestwick, Ayrshire. NATS also provides air traffic control services at 15 UK airports including Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh and Glasgow; at Gibraltar Airport and, in a joint venture with Ferrovial, at a number of airport towers in Spain.
Building on its well-established reputation for expertise and innovation, NATS is growing its business worldwide, and now has contracts in more than 30 countries. NATS offers aerodrome, data and consultancy solutions to customers including airports, air traffic service providers and Governments. There is more information on the NATS website at www.nats.co.uk or the NATS blog at www.nats.aero/blog.