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 system’s 360-degree air and missile defence (AMD) capabilities. All elements of the MEADS system were tested, including the 360-degree MEADS surveillance radar, a networked MEADS battle manager, two lightweight launchers firing PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) missiles and a 360-degree MEADS Multifunction Fire Control Radar (MFCR).
During the test, the first target, a QF-4 air-breathing target, approached from the south as a Lance missile, flying a tactical ballistic missile trajectory, attacked from the north. The surveillance radar acquired both targets and provided target cues to the MEADS battle manager, which generated cue commands for the MFCR. The MFCR tracked both targets successfully and guided missiles from launchers in the Italian and German configuration to successful intercepts.
Gregory Kee, general manager, NATO MEADS Management Agency, were quoted as saying by Shephard, ‘Today's successful flight test is the culmination of three countries working together to design, develop and build the most advanced and capable air and missile defence weapon system in the world. No fielded ground-mobile AMD System can intercept targets from two directions at the same time, as MEADS did today.
‘MEADS technology can now be leveraged as mature, network-ready battle management, sensors and launchers to achieve the networked AMD capabilities envisioned by Germany, Italy and the US.’
The test also demonstrated over-the-shoulder manoeuvrability of the PAC-3 MSE missile in engaging the targets.
The MEADS programme has now achieved three flight test objectives; also including the successful simulated intercept of an air-breathing target; and the acquiring, tracking and destroying of an MQM-107 target.
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
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
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