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11 Aug 03. The UK MoD has appointed Lockheed Martin as preferred supplier for Project Soothsayer, the next-generation Electronic Warfare (EW) programme for British land forces. The contract is expected to sustain and create up to 120 high-tech jobs in the UK.

Worth in excess of £130m (US$200m), Soothsayer will provide integrated Electronic Support Measures (ESM) and Electronic Countermeasures (ECM) capability for the British Army and Royal Marines. The system will intercept and monitor many types of enemy communications or signals in real-time — including radar, multi-frequency emissions and other electronic data. The system will give commanders better intelligence data over a wider spectrum, along with location information – with accuracy previously unavailable. Mobile and vehicle-mounted, Soothsayer will enable front-line forces to rapidly deploy the capability. Future upgrades will integrate the system with airborne platforms for enhanced network-enabled capability.”

“We are delighted the MoD has selected the Lockheed Martin team to provide British land forces with the world’s most advanced electronic warfare capability,” said Steve Ramsey, vice president and general manager, Aerospace Solutions, Lockheed Martin Corporation. “Our Soothsayer team combines extremely advanced UK and US technology with proven systems integration and programme management skills. Together we will provide the MoD with a solution that is effective, affordable, supportable and low-risk.”

“This is a great win for UK industry,” said Ian Stopps, chief executive, Lockheed Martin UK. “Collectively we bring critical experience and expertise from across an extremely talented UK industrial team. We are also committed to transferring key technologies to the UK defence industrial base, which is essential for the delivery and execution of Soothsayer for our customer.”

Lockheed Martin’s solution relies on proven commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) products and technology that is easily upgradeable and scaleable within an open architecture. Fundamental to its design approach has been the need for connectivity between Soothsayer, other related ISTAR (Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance) programmes and coalition forces. Particular attention has been paid to making the solution compliant with ISTAR projects such as CEC, Watchkeeper and the Fire Control BISA (Battlefield Information System Application) in order to give a seamless fusion of data across the digitised battlespace.

Teamed with Lockheed Martin are:

INSYS – Ampthill, Bedford. Full vehicle integration and shelter design work as well as final vehicle assembly and testing.

LogicaCMG – Leatherhead, Surrey. Integration framework and software integration, including links to Bowman and Land Digitisation programmes; human machine interface; training, and security accreditation of the system.

QinetiQ – Great Malvern, Worcestershire. Advanced EW software products and development and integration of specialised software.

Detica – Guildford, Surrey. Advanced security management, operational analysis and development of doctrine.
Supacat – Dunkeswell, Devon. High Mobility 6×6 truck provides a major step forward in off-road mobility. Sophisticated suspension reduces crew fatigue and equipment failure.

Argon Engineering – Fair Lakes, Virginia, USA, experts in ESM and ECM sub-systems. Argon will couple capabilities from its own lighthouse product line with critical EW capabilities developed by QinetiQ to meet Soothsayer requirements.

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