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March 16, 2012

Lockheed Martin UK Will Provide Cloud Solutions to UK Government

Lockheed Martin (News - Alert) UK was selected by the UK government to provide G-Cloud IT services. The G-Cloud agreement will operate from six to nine months, and may later become a rolling contract, the company said.

“Lockheed Martin is thrilled to implement our cloud computing offerings to the U.K. government,” said Mahesh Kalva, chief technology officer of Lockheed Martin's Enterprise IT Solutions, in a press release. “Our proven solutions, initially developed and implemented across diverse U.S. government customers, are a perfect fit for the needs outlined by the U.K. government.”

Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solutions will be the provider of a range of cloud services including cloud strategy and integration; cloud security; green IT and energy optimization; cloud brokering; virtualization consulting; assessments for Oracle (News - Alert) virtualization and virtual desktop as a service assessments, the company said.

Lockheed Martin provides IT services to the U.S. government. It is also the IT prime contractor for the 2011 UK Census.

Members of the British public criticized its involvement with the census because the parent company is a weapons producer.  Lockheed Martin makes Trident nuclear missiles and F-16 fighter jets. Also, the Patriot (News - Alert) Act may let the US government access company data, according to CloudProUK. That could mean that US officials could have access to data on the UK's population, according to The Guardian. In fact, some British residents will boycott the census because of Lockheed Martin’s role.

In other company news, the first Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite, built by Lockheed Martin for the US Navy, was recently successfully launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket, according to TMCnet.

It was also reported recently Lockheed Martin saw net sales of $46.5 billion during 2011.

Edited by Jennifer Russell

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