|NATS control tower at Heathrow airport. Photo: NATS|
[Avionics Today 03-04-2015] NATS and Lockheed Martin have entered a strategic partnership to help support NATS’ deployment of the next generation of Air Traffic Control (ATC) technologies over the next five years, in support of the Single European Sky initiative. The two entities will look to use the partnership to develop and implement new Air Traffic Management (ATM) technologies and procedures, such as a Time-Based Separation (TBS) system that is due to go live at London Heathrow Airport in spring 2015.
This partnership comes after the two organizations already announced an extension of the ongoing support agreement for a number of NATS operational systems, as well as a new arrangement that has seen Lockheed Martin U.K. take on the support of NATS business IT systems.