Lockheed Martin has been selected by the UK Defence Procurement Agency (DPA) to provide the second phase of the UK Co-operative Engagement Capability (CEC) programme, beating Raytheon Systems UK.

Industry sources say Lockheed Martin UK has been selected, although the company and Raytheon decline to comment. The DPA says it has notified one company that it can stand down its CEC team, but it will not comment further until negotiations are complete.

The two companies are developing CEC for the US Navy. The Royal Navy intends to equip its anti-air warfare ships with the system, which links data from sensors on- and off-board ship.

Lockheed Martin will lead the integration of CEC with Qinetiq's Type 23 shore integration facility near Portsmouth, UK. Raytheon will, however, supply the CEC hardware.

Source: Flight International