Up to 100 jobs created in Whiteley with Nato contract win

EXPANSION Lockheed Martin in Whiteley
EXPANSION Lockheed Martin in Whiteley
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UP to 100 jobs are to be created in Whiteley after defence technology firm Lockheed Martin won a key new $100m (£63.2m) contract with Nato.

The deal rounds off a £300m summer of success for the firm, which also has a large base in Havant.

Those include a £125m contract win with the Ministry of Justice, and smaller IT services contracts with Nato, and the National Air Traffic Service based in Segensworth.

In total, 200 jobs will be created by the firm, with half going to London, and the other half split between Whiteley and the firm’s base in Farnborough.

This latest contract will see Lockheed Martin UK design the Active Network Infrastructure (ATI) IT systems for Nato’s new headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is made up of 28 member states which give a unified defence if any come under attack.

Its new headquarters will be the face and heart of Nato, setting an example of the best technology for its member states and other nations it works alongside.

As part of its contract with Nato, Lockheed Martin may also be asked to maintain its top-of-the-range IT and communications network for the next five years.

The network will mean Nato staff can use tablets and other mobile devices to access the system, without the risk of security breaches.

Angela Heise, vice-president of Enterprise IT Solutions for Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solutions, said: ‘Lockheed Martin is honoured to work with the Nato Communications and Information Agency to ensure the new headquarters in Brussels reflects the alliance’s mission and modern role in the 21st century.

‘As the leading provider of advanced information systems, security, and services we will work in partnership with the NCI Agency team to create a modern network where personnel can use their preferred method of communication easily, reliably and securely – no matter what network, application or device they choose to use.’