Havant firm wins £44m Royal Navy contract

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A £44m contract for a new Royal Navy navigation radar system has been awarded to Lockheed Martin UK by the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

More than 60 Royal Navy ships, submarines and shore facilities will be fitted with new sensor-based technology, integrated by Lockheed Martin engineers over the next five years.

The contract will sustain 14 jobs at Lockheed Martin’s Havant facility and create five additional roles in the company.

Peter Ruddock, chief executive of Lockheed Martin UK, said: ‘The Naval Radar Programme solution uses the very latest sensor technology to provide the Royal Navy with safe, low maintenance and reliable navigation radar capability.

‘The award of this £44m contract builds on our reputation as a trusted provider of maritime mission systems to the Royal Navy.’

The software will be fitted to the Royal Navy’s Type 23 frigates, Hunt and Sandown Class mine counter measure vessels.

Royal fleet auxiliary vessels, fast patrol boats, as well as the Astute, Trafalgar and Vanguard class submarines will also benefit from this new technology.