Lockheed Martin Signs Teaming Agreement with Datamat of Italy
EAGAN, MN, May 23rd, 2002 -- Lockheed Martin Tactical Systems in Eagan, Minn., has signed a Maritime Patrol Aircraft teaming agreement with Italian-based Datamat, S.p.A. Datamat will support Lockheed Martin's pursuit of the German/Italian Maritime Patrol Aircraft Replacement (MPA-R) program. The German and Italian governments have a memorandum of understanding for a joint, competitive program to replace their aging Atlantique 1 MPA fleet. This program will consist of up to 26 MPA aircraft with advanced mission avionics and sensors and an integrated logistics support package. Lockheed Martin Tactical Systems will serve as the mission system integrator for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, Ft. Worth, TX, the weapons system prime contractor. Contract award is expected in 2003 with the first aircraft delivery in 2007.
Datamat (www.datamat.it) is a major player in the software and information technology service sectors in Italy. Datamat has been present in the defense marketplace since 1971 and gained an outstanding position as a reference system integrator in Italy and abroad. Datamat has extensive capabilities and expertise in command & control systems, mission planning, simulation and training, and communication systems as well as logistic information systems. In maritime patrol, Datamat has demonstrated experience in the EH 101 and the NH 90 anti-submarine warfare helicopters programs for the Italian Navy and other NATO navies. Within those programs Datamat has significant involvement in the development, integration and testing of the mission system that manages and controls the onboard sensors, data links and weapons.
Lockheed Martin is the world leader in maritime patrol and surveillance aircraft systems, as demonstrated by the worldwide acceptance of the P-3 aircraft. The P-3 is the primary maritime surveillance aircraft operated by the U.S. Navy and 15 international allies. Its roles include anti-submarine warfare; anti-surface warfare; command, control communications, computers and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; search and rescue; drug interdiction; and exclusive economic zone protection. The aircraft's capabilities have been relied upon extensively in all major U.S. combined forces operations including Kosovo, Bosnia, and Operation Enduring Freedom.
Lockheed Martin Tactical Systems is a leader in designing, developing, packaging and producing militarized, ruggedized and COTS defense computer systems, airborne surveillance systems integration, and C4I programs. Tactical Systems is one of five major lines of business comprised by the Naval Electronics and Surveillance Systems (NE&SS) business segment. Besides airborne integration, NE&SS provides surface ship and submarine weapon systems, antisubmarine warfare and ocean surveillance systems, missile launching systems, radar and sensor systems, ship systems integration services and other advanced systems and services to customers worldwide.