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UK air traffic control agency NATS has awarded Lockheed Martin a seven-year contract extension to continue supporting its air traffic management systems at its Swanwick and Prestwick operations centres.

UK air traffic control agency NATS has awarded Lockheed Martin a seven-year contract extension to continue supporting its air traffic management systems at its Swanwick and Prestwick operations centres.  

Under this contract Lockheed Martin will also support the NATS flight data processing system. The new deal follows a five year £80 million contract NATS awarded to Lockheed in March 2008. The value of the mew seven-year deal has so far not been disclosed.

The contract covers systems architecture, systems engineering, software development, systems integration and laboratory support, with Lockheed saying the new deal will sustain around 150 jobs at its Whiteley, Hampshire centre.

Martin Rolfe, NATS managing director for operations, said, “Over the years we have built a very close relationship and I am delighted to see this continue.”

In the last financial year, NATS controllers guided 2.2 million flights over the UK and northern Atlantic.

Last November the Cabinet Office chose Lockheed Martin, among a number of suppliers, to provide G-Cloud 2 IT support to government departments.

The framework agreement includes infrastructure, software and specialist cloud capabilities. The G-Cloud 2 contract succeeded the previous G-Cloud 1 programme and would allow Lockheed to provide a wider range of services, said the supplier.