Employment Minister Gets Close-up View of Lockheed Martin UK Growth
Fareham MP Mark Hoban (right) views the latest air traffic management developments with Lockheed Martin UK Information Systems and Global Solutions managing director Mark Cooper
WHITELEY, July 3, 2013 - Employment Minister Mark Hoban was given an insight into state-of-the-art air traffic management developments (ATM) when he visited Lockheed Martin UK’s offices at Whiteley, Hampshire.
Lockheed Martin UK (LMUK) is one of the leading suppliers to UK air traffic navigation specialists NATS, supporting the Swanwick-based organisation with systems engineering and software development. Worldwide, Lockheed -built systems manage more than 60 per cent of the world’s air traffic.
During his visit to Whiteley, the Fareham MP viewed some of the latest ATM developments taking place in LMUK’s research laboratories.
LMUK employs nearly 200 people in its Whiteley location and neighbouring office that supports NATS. Besides the ATM capability, the Whiteley office is also the base for LMUK’s expanding IT support business, which has a growing footprint with Government departments and organisations.
“LMUK’s recent extension of its support contract with NATS sustains more than 130 jobs and the company is set to expand further with new contract wins. In addition, there is an increasing supplier network, which is further good news for the local economy,” commented Mr Hoban.
“We have supported NATS for more than 25 years and the relationship continues to develop as we expand our skills base in systems and software technology,” added Mark Cooper, managing director LMUK Information Systems and Global Solutions.
The UK is Lockheed Martin’s largest international market. Headquartered in Central London, LMUK operates 17 sites and directly had around £1 billion in sales last year. The company and its UK supply chain sustain employment for more than 10,000 individuals dedicated to the security and well-being of the United Kingdom.