DEFENCE manufacturer Lockheed Martin has been chosen to provide vital technology to keep planes flying in the sky.
The firm, which has large bases in Havant and Whiteley, will provide IT and communications support services for the National Air Traffic Service, which has its UK base in Whiteley.
NATS operates at 15 airports and in more than 30 countries worldwide from its hub at 4000 Parkway.
The contract comes hot on the heels of a number of IT contract wins worth a total of £300m.
As reported in The News, those contracts include a £125m contract for the Ministry of Justice and a further contract with NATO.
They helped fuel further growth in Lockheed Martin’s IT services and cyber security business, in Havant and Farnborough, which has grown by more than 40 per cent this year alone.
Mark Cooper, managing director of Lockheed Martin UK Information Systems and Global Solutions Civil, said: ‘The NATS IT win is another important success for our Hampshire-based business, which has enjoyed considerable growth this year.
‘We have become established as a leading provider of ICT services and expanded our presence in the region.
‘Between our sites at Whiteley and Havant, Lockheed Martin UK now employs some 800 people, underlining our position as a major employer on the south coast.’
As a result, The firm says, LMUK’s footprint is set to increase in the area and many new jobs will be created.
Under the ICT agreement, Lockheed Martin UK will support NATS’ infrastructure in terms of keeping its technology up and running. That includes ensuring staff computers work, providing data storage, ensuring servers are running efficiently, and co-ordinating suppliers.