Germany is considered the architect and driving force behind greater European collaboration across defense. The country has played a pivotal role in developing largescale European programs, including the development of the Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS). Development of the Medium Extended Air Defense System began in 2004 as a U.S.-Italian-German partnership that shared costs for a new air and missile defense (AMD) system. As member to the tri-lateral partnership, Germany shared costs for a new Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) system. The system enables coalition interoperability and regional operation and is developed to incorporate other radars and launchers – both existing and future – as part of a regional air and missile defense system. After a comprehensive review, the German Federal Ministry of Defense announced in 2015 it would make MEADS the foundation of Taktisches Luftverteidigungssystem (TLVS), its next-generation AMD system, designed to replace Patriot. The MEADS program submitted a proposal to the German Ministry of Defense in July 2016 to continue Lockheed Martin’s development partnership with MBDA and use MEADS technology as the basis for Germany’s next-generation TLVS.
A MEADS Multifunction Fire Control Radar tracks targets approaching from opposite directions and guides PAC-3 MSE missiles to intercept. (Photo Courtesy of MEADS International)
A MEADS MFCR in the U.S. configuration completes an emplacement demonstration in Syracuse, New York. (Photo Courtesy of MEADS International)
A MEADS Launcher sits ready as a second fires a PAC-3 MSE missile in the background. The MEADS system can support vehicle requirements for several different countries. (Photo Courtesy of MEADS International)
In an unprecedented intercept test, the 360-degree MEADS system destroys an air-breathing threat attacking the tactical site from behind. (Photo Courtesy of MEADS International)
Three smoke trails cross in the sky during a test of MEADS where the 360-degree system intercepted and destroyed two targets simultaneously attacking from opposite directions. (Photo Courtesy of MEADS International)
A MEADS flight test demonstrates the system’s 360-degree capability in an unprecedented over-the-shoulder launch of the MSE missile against a simulated target attacking from behind.
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