London, UK (SPX) May 06, 2011
Lockheed Martin, Finmeccanica - through its UK company SELEX Systems Integration - and Cobham have signed an agreement to form Fusion Air Traffic Management, which will address Project MARSHALL - formerly known as the Joint Military Air Traffic Services (JMATS) programme.
The three team members have unparalleled track records in large-scale service delivery, programme management, systems integration and long-term support for Air Traffic Services. Together, the Fusion team offers a proven capability to deliver the optimum approach, solution and underlying values to fulfil the programme effectively.
MARSHALL is a major Air Traffic Services project for the Ministry of Defence (MOD). It will provide long-term air traffic management capability for the safe operation of all the MOD's main bases, airfields and air weapon ranges in the UK and overseas, including those used for deployed operations. MARSHALL will also deliver significant savings to the MOD over the 22-year lifetime of the programme through improved efficiencies, economies of scale and innovation.
Lockheed Martin UK Chief Executive Stephen Ball said: "The team name Fusion was chosen to reflect the very best of each of the three organisations for the benefit of the MOD. We believe that together we are best placed to understand the technical complexities and commercial challenges of the programme and then reliably deliver safe and innovative solutions that will add real value."
SELEX Systems Integration Chief Executive Michael Clayforth-Carr added: "All three companies have significant current military and civil air traffic control business in the UK and around the world. We fully understand the technological requirements and the attendant service delivery challenge and are all operating successfully within the MOD's current contractual environment."
Cobham UK Managing Director of Aviation Services Des Taylor commented: "Fusion has been carefully constructed to ensure that, whilst all team members understand the challenges of the programme as a whole, each company also brings a particular expertise which allows it to take the lead in its particular field. For more than 25 years, Cobham has provided the MOD with a wide range of managed services and Cobham - through Fusion - will provide Project MARSHALL with leadership in the support solution and field service delivery."
MARSHALL (formerly known as JMATS)
It will also ensure that obsolescence is removed from the current system and that the MOD complies with the legal requirements of managing an air traffic service and enable the safe operation of its aerial platforms.
Project MARSHALL will be a "managed service" which will deliver savings over the lifetime of the programme through improved efficiencies, scale and innovation. MARSHALL will enable the MOD to continue to conduct flying operations, contributing to the protection of UK sovereign airspace including support to counter terrorism.
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