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11:16 AM, March 17, 2016
Turkey, Poland Interested In MEADS Missile Defense System: Lockheed Martin
Medium Extended Air Defense System-MEADS (Image: Lockheed Martin)

Poland is reconsidering Lockheed Martin’s MEADS system and Turkey is also interested in buying the missile system, Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson said.

“Lockheed recently re-entered discussions with the Polish defense ministry about the MEADS system, but gave no further details. Poland’s former center-right government last year chose Raytheon Co’s Patriot missile defense system, but the new Polish government is now reconsidering that decision,” Hewson was quoted as saying by Reuters Wednesday.

Hewson said Turkey was also looking at the medium-range air- and missile-defense system, which was developed jointly by the United States, Italy and Germany.

Hewson said that Europe’s focus on collective defense had led to an increase in demand for the system.

“The expansion of Russia’s military presence in Eastern Europe continues to drive concerns about regional stability – and has also revitalized NATO, with a clear threat and purpose,” Hewson said.

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