The Medium Extended Air Defence System (MEADS) development results will enable Germany to build its future air and missile defence system. This was underscored by Lockheed Martin Chairman, President and CEO Marillyn Hewson and MBDA Germany Managing Director Thomas Homberg in Berlin on 28 April 2014.
“The collaboration between Germany, Italy, and the US on MEADS 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. “MEADS delivers the absolute best capability to protect European air space from tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and aircraft.”
“The risks from current and future threats can only be countered effectively and efficiently using leading-edge technologies, as the MEADS programme delivers,” said MBDA Germany Managing Director Thomas Homberg. “For Germany as well as its co-operation partners, the MEADS technology development results create the prerequisites for building sustainable air and missile defence tailored to current and future threats, and thus provide a substantial contribution to NATO missile defence.”
MEADS is a highly mobile and inter-operative air and missile defence system with an open, expandable plug and fight system architecture developed to replace the PATRIOT system in Germany. Following the start of development in 2004, the MEADS programme successfully demonstrated an unprecedented 360°, dual intercept against a tactical ballistic missile and an air-breathing target approaching from opposite directions in November 2013.
During her remarks, Hewson emphasised that Lockheed Martin has had a long-term strategic partnership with the Bundeswehr, as well as the German aviation and defence industries, going back more than 50 years. She added that, “Germany’s contributions to MEADS have been tremendous, and our industry partners at MBDA and Airbus have played a critical role in the development of this system. This industry partnership is exemplary.” Hewson also underscored that Lockheed Martin is absolutely committed to support planned national follow-on programmes based on MEADS technologies in Germany and Italy. For the European partners, the PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) missile will be available. PAC-3 MSE is the world’s most advanced, capable and powerful terminal air defence missile, according to Lockheed Martin.