Germany Becomes First Company to Use Lockheed Martin’s MEADS Future Air and Missile Defense System


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In June 2015, the German Federal Ministry of Defense announced that they have chosen Lockheed Martin’s Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) as the foundation for Taktisches Luftverteidigungssystem (TLVS), a next-generation network-based tactical air and missile defense system. MEADS will be used to replace Patriot air defense systems which were initially fielded in the 1980s. Lockheed Martin will share in development of Germany’s TLVS with its MEADS International partner MBDA Deutschland.

Rick Edwards, President of Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, is proud that their system has been chosen.

“Lockheed Martin is fully committed to the success of TLVS,”

Edwards said in a statement.

“It reflects our continuing commitment to international partnerships and ongoing support for the German government’s leadership role in European missile defense.”

Managing Director of MBDA Deutschland Thomas Homberg also released a statement:

“With this decision in favor of MEADS, Germany has opted for a powerful, state-of-the-art, long term ground-based air and missile defense system sufficient to meet the threats both of today and of the future. It is now our shared responsibility, together with the armed forces, to provide a solid basis for the introduction of the system.”

MEADS was formed through a cooperative venture between MBDA and Lockheed Martin and was developed through MEADS International. Germany’s TLVS program will ensure that the partnership continues to be successful. The German program will be supported by Lockheed companies in Texas, Alabama, Florida, and New York. Back in 2013, it was the first air and missile defense system to demonstrate a dual intercept of targets attacking simultaneously from opposite directions. It is designed to significantly reduce operation and support costs by covering a larger area with less manpower, less equipment, and less demand on airlift.

Lockheed Martin is a US-based company with divisions in aerospace, defense, security, and advanced technology. Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, the company employs 116,000 workers worldwide. Lockheed Martin is one of the largest defense contractors in the world. The company operates in five business segments: Aeronautics, Information Systems & Global Solutions, Missile and Fire Control, Mission Systems and Training, and Space Systems. In 2009, US government contracts accounted for $38.4 billion (85%) of Lockheed Martin’s revenue, foreign government contracts $5.8 billion (13%), and commercial and other contracts for $900 million (2%).

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