Lockheed Martin and BAE Systems have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to explore partnership opportunities on missile defence programs in the US, the UK and around the world.
According to Lockheed martin, the companies will identify areas in which they have compatible capabilities that can be collaboratively applied to benefit current and future customers. The agreement also foresees joint investments in key technologies that can enhance the effectiveness of current and emerging missile defence programs.
Initial areas of discussion will focus on sea-based systems; systems integration; Command and Control, Battle Management and Communications (C2BMC); early warning and sensor networking; interceptor concepts and systems; and targets and countermeasures.
‘BAE Systems and Lockheed Martin are already co-operating in the US Missile Defence program,’ said David Bond, missile defence director, Future Systems, BAE Systems. ‘The signing of this agreement demonstrates our intention to broaden our collaboration in missile defence as the program moves towards an International dimension.’
Lockheed Martin and BAE Systems are currently members of Team Janus, an international team studying the feasibility of a multi-national, fully integration missile defence solution for NATO.