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 MFCR then searched the cued area, acquired the target and established a dedicated track.
The capability was demonstrated in full 360-degree rotating mode. The test was repeated multiple times using small aircraft flying into and out of Syracuse's Hancock Airport. The two radars were more than ten miles apart during the test. The demonstration was part of an incremental test program that culminates in a formal flight test later this year at White Sands Missile Range. No other transportable air and missile defense radars provide this combination of 360-degree coverage, superior range, and positioning flexibility.
MEADS International President Dave Berganini, said, "This milestone event clearly shows the extraordinary capability of these radars to detect and track threats, and to support an expanded network deployment. The MEADS radars offer greater coverage and flexibility, including complete 360-degree defense to protect military sites and civilians against next-generation threats."
The MEADS Low Frequency Sensor is a 360-degree active electronically-steered array radar that provides extended range coverage. The MEADS MFCR is a 360-degree X-band, solid-state, phased array radar. It provides precision tracking and wideband discrimination and classification capabilities. Both of these radars provide threat detection capability against highly maneuverable low-signature threats, including short- and medium-range ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and other air-breathing threats.
Using their plug-and-fight capabilities, both the Low Frequency Sensor and MFCR are designed to act as nodes on the MEADS network or other future integrated air and missile defense networks, providing increased capability and flexibility to the warfighter.
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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