Lockheed Martin still has a chance in $5 billion missile defense tender as Poland may review its decision to drop Lockheed’s 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 review decision depends on whether Germany decides to implement MEADS or not. Berlin is still to decide between Raytheon’s Patriot system and MEADS.
"MEADS could still very well end up being on the table. We will consider allowing the MEADS system to take part in the tender, if Germany decides that it will be at the core of their missile defense," Reuters quoted an unnamed source as saying.
A German decision to commit to Lockheed Martin's system would help the consortium meet Poland's requirement that all proposed solutions have to be operational and in use by another NATO member state's armed forces.
"Poland wants its missile defense systems to be compatible with German ones, because Germany is our closest ally," the source said.
Last year, Poland excluded the Lockheed Martin-led consortium from the tender, short-listing two contenders: a consortium of European group MBDA and France's Thales SA, and U.S. firm Raytheon Co, as potential suppliers.
The decision is most likely be taken this summer as early as Feb 15, Reuters reported.
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
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
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
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
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