Lockheed Martin, Selex Systems Integration and Cobham have signed an agreement to form Fusion Air Traffic Management, which will contest the UK Ministry of Defence's Project Marshall requirement.

Formerly referred to as the Joint Military Air Traffic Services programme, the proposed 22-year deal seeks a contractor to deliver air traffic control and management activities at UK air bases and air weapon ranges, and during deployed operations involving the nation's armed forces.

Announcing the tie-up on 5 May, Fusion said: "The three team members have unparalleled track records in large-scale service delivery, programme management, systems integration and long-term support for air traffic services."

Lockheed will head the Project Marshall deal if the Fusion team is selected, with Selex to provide "technology procurement and aerodrome systems integration" and Cobham to support field service delivery tasks.

Worth an estimated £1 billion ($1.6 billion), the UK's next-generation military air traffic management requirement has previously attracted interest from two other teams. These are the Aquila Air Traffic Management Services consortium, comprising NATS Services, Thales UK and VT Group (now Babcock), and a partnership between Raytheon and Serco.

Source: Flight International