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 £130 million, Soothsayer will provide integrated Electronic Support Measures (ESM) and Electronic Countermeasures (ECM) to the British Army and Royal Marines.
According to Lockheed Martin, the vehicle-mounted system will intercept and monitor enemy communications or signals in real-time, including radar, multi-frequency emissions and other electronic data.
Future upgrades will integrate the system into aircraft for enhanced network-enabled capability.
‘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.’
Soothsayer is said to rely on commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) products and technology that is easily upgraded and scaleable within an open architecture.
Fundamental to its design approach has been the need for interoperability between Soothsayer and other related ISTAR (Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance) programmes. 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).