Lockheed Martin and partner MBDA have emphasized on the development of Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) technology which will enable Germany to build its future air and missile defense system.
"The collaboration between Germany, Italy and the United States on the Medium Extended Air Defense System is a shining example of strength in the face of today's threats," said Lockheed Martin Chairman, President and CEO Marillyn Hewson during a speech she gave at the German Council on Foreign Relations event. "MEADS delivers the absolute best capability to protect European air space from tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and aircraft."
"The risks from current and future threats can only be countered effectively and efficiently using leading-edge technologies, as the MEADS program delivers," said MBDA Germany Managing Director Thomas Homberg. "For Germany as well as its co-operation partners, the MEADS technology development results create the prerequisites for building sustainable air and missile defense tailored to current and future threats, and thus provide a substantial contribution to NATO missile defense."
MEADS is a highly mobile and inter-operative air and missile defense system with an open, expandable plug and fight system architecture developed to replace the Patriot system in Germany. Following the start of development in 2004, the MEADS program successfully demonstrated an unprecedented 360-degree, dual intercept against a tactical ballistic missile and an air-breathing target approaching from opposite directions in November 2013.
During her remarks, Hewson emphasized that Lockheed Martin has had a long-term strategic partnership with the Federal Armed Forces, as well as the German aviation and defense industries, going back more than 50 years. She added that, "Germany's contributions to MEADS have been tremendous, and our industry partners at MBDA and Airbus have played a critical role in the development of this system. This industry partnership is exemplary."
Hewson also underscored that Lockheed Martin is absolutely committed to support planned national follow-on programs based on MEADS technologies in Germany and Italy. For the European partners, the PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) missile will be available. PAC-3 MSE is the world's most advanced, capable and powerful terminal air defense missile.
The Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) has marked a new milestone with the successful interception of two simultaneous targets attacking from opposite directions during a stressing demonstration at White Sands Missile Range. The demonstration was part of tests on the systems 360-degree air and missile defence (AMD) capabilities
The first Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) launcher has been delivered to United States by Germany for integration into a future test scenario. Based on the success of the intercept test last November, Lockheed Martin is planning to use two launchers in the two-target flight test scheduled for later this year
A Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) Low Frequency Sensor has proven its ability to cue the Multifunction Fire Control Radar (MFCR) in a test. During the demonstration, the UHF Low Frequency Sensor acquired and tracked a small test aircraft and relayed its location to the MEADS Battle Manager, which generated corresponding cue search commands to the X-band MFCR
The Italian Air Force has integrated the first Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) Multifunction Fire Control Radar (MFCR) with the MEADS battle manager and launcher. The objectives of the integration test series were to demonstrate that the MEADS TOC could control the MEADS MFCR in coordination with the MEADS Launcher
Germany has replaced its Patriot anti-aircraft missile system by the Medium Extended Air Defense System (Meads) developed by MBDA in a $4.5 billion ($4 billion Euro) deal on Monday
German defense ministry has reportedly made a decision to purchase Medium Extended Air Defense System (Meads) developed by MBDA and Lockheed Martin as a successor to Raytheons Patriot anti-aircraft missile system, according to German Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper. The decision on Meads will mean the end of the Patriot missile system
Lockheed Martin still has a chance in $5 billion missile defense tender as Poland may review its decision to drop Lockheeds MEADS system, Reuters quoted a senior source at the Polish Ministry of Defense as saying. The Polish program is part of its $36 billion military modernizing plan between 2013 and 2022
The tri-national Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) program is selected as a candidate for next-generation air and missile defense requirements in Germany and Poland. MEADS is a primary candidate for the German Taktisches Luftverteidigungssystem (TLVS), a new generation of air and missile defense that requires a flexible architecture based on strong networking capabilities
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The Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) Mode 5 Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) subsystem has received full certification for operation by the United States Department of Defense International AIMS (Air Traffic Control Radar Beacon System, Identification Friend or Foe, Mark XII/Mark XIIA, Systems) Program Office. The system is designed to ensure the safety of allied aircrews engaged in combat operations
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