Lockheed Martin Announces UK Team Athena to Compete for Ground Based Air Defence Programme
FARNBOROUGH, ENGLAND, July 22nd, 2002 -- A team of U.S. and British aerospace and defence companies today announced formation of Team Athena, which will compete for the Ground Based Air Defence (GBAD) Phase 1 programme. GBAD will update and integrate the UK's existing Rapier and Starstreak air defence systems. The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is responsible for the programme and is expected to award two contracts for Phase 1 in late 2002, with work scheduled to commence in 2003. Team Athena is a consortium of companies under the leadership of Lockheed Martin. It comprises Westland Helicopters Ltd., INSYS Limited, Systems Consultants Services Ltd, Electronic Data Systems (EDS), and the Weapon System Design Authorities (WSDA) that include Thales and MBDA.
"Team Athena is uniquely qualified to integrate the existing UK weapons systems with a state-of-the-art Air Defence Command, Control, Communications, Computing, & Intelligence (ADC4I) solution," stated Ian Stopps, Chief Executive of Lockheed Martin UK Limited. "Team members were selected because of their unparalleled capabilities and expertise in the fields of air and missile defence, synthetic environment capabilities, supportability/logistics capability, communications and land digitisation as well as delivery of total integrated system-of-systems solutions. Team Athena companies encompass every relevant project and technical discipline required to fully meet the GBAD IPT expectations."
Member companies of the Team Athena Consortium include:
Lockheed Martin will provide systems engineering and integration, operations research, system analysis, and ADC4I development expertise to the team. Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control is a key member of the international Medium Extended Air Defence System (MEADS) team as well as the leader of the Team Janus effort to study the feasibility of NATO Tactical Missile Defence (TMD). Lockheed Martin is also a co-leader of MDA's Missile Defence National Team. Lockheed Martin companies in the U.S. and UK will be associated with Team Athena. Electronic Data Systems (EDS) has a proven track record in a wide range of related technologies: Air Defence, Military Guided Weapons, ADC4I, Digitisation and Tactical Data Links Programmes. EDS is a global electronic data support corporation and has an extensive presence within the UK. INSYS Limited, formerly Hunting Engineering, employs over 800 people in the UK. INSYS is the Electronics and Communications Installations Design Authority for MOD, which includes installations in over 90 percent of the Land Platform vehicle in-service fleet. Systems Consultants Services Ltd (SCS) is an independent consultancy primarily supporting the defence sector. Located in Henley-on-Thames, it has GBAD-related expertise in airspace control, weapon systems, CIS, sensors, UAV, studies and trials. They have been involved in a number of GBAD activities, including the HSI and BoI studies. Westland Helicopters Ltd has more than 50 years experience in providing military support solutions for customers around the world. Today, this means providing Full Integrated Logistic Support programmes for highly complex systems to demanding UK and International standards. The company is a subsidiary of Agusta Westland, a company that combines the helicopter and related business of the Italian conglomerate Finmeccanica SpA with the British company GKN plc. The consortium of companies within Team Athena have been involved in virtually all aspects of the GBAD System of Systems. The Team members have decades of experience in developing and integrating air defence systems, simulation and modelling, supportability and training, and platform systems integration. Lockheed Martin is either the prime contractor or the system developer for all new 21st century air defence systems in the United States. The companies that are part of Team Athena stand ready to convert that knowledge base into a product that is suitable for the UK air defender. Lockheed Martin's experience with large-scale system integration tasks and its existing relationships with both Weapon System Design Authorities (WSDA) provide the Authority with a low risk approach for the integration of GBAD Phase I and a natural partner for future GBAD efforts.