Lockheed Martin has signed a collaboration agreement with UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) for cooperation in strategic systems.

The agreement was signed by Lockheed Martin UK Ampthill managing director and vice-president Alan Lines and Dstl chief executive Gary Aitkenhead during a visit to Lockheed’s Ampthill site in the UK.

Dstl noted the collaboration agreement will set the stage for the organisations to work together to achieve strategic goals.

The partnership will look to optimise the joint investments of Lockheed Martin and Dstl.

Last year, the UK Government and the US firm signed the Lockheed Martin Prosperity Agenda Framework during Farnborough Airshow.

Under the framework, the parties agreed to develop innovative ideas and technologies, boost supply chains, and support the development of the advanced manufacturing and technology sectors.

Areas of potential collaboration will cover autonomous systems, space, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, electronic warfare and underwater technologies.

Lockheed Martin managing director Alan Lines said: “I see this as an exciting opportunity to work differently with government. Managing an open and flexible relationship will maximise the development and relevance of UK capability. This is a credit to our expertise and skills here at Ampthill.”

“Partnership with industry is the way for Dstl and its customers to stay at the cutting-edge of innovation.”

The Lockheed Martin special projects team has been designated for delivering work under the contract. The team is led by special projects and mission support director Dave Sparrow.

The long-term agreement underscores the commitments to deliver UK sovereign capability development and joint research. It seeks to optimise benefits to the Strategic Systems domain for the UK.

Lockheed Martin will assume a coordinating role that will leverage the broader supply chain and academia.

Dstl chief executive Gary Aitkenhead said: “This is a great opportunity for Dstl. Working with Lockheed Martin will enable us to strengthen and grow the UK’s capability, skills and knowledge in this area. Partnership with industry is absolutely the way for Dstl and its customers to stay at the cutting-edge of innovation.”