Lockheed Martin And MBDA Joint Venture Submit Proposal For Germany’s Integrated ADS

TLVS GmbH, the joint venture (JV) between MBDA Deutschland and Lockheed Martin – has submitted an updated and final proposal to the German Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) for the Taktisches Luftverteidigungssystem (TLVS) – Germany’s next-generation integrated air and missile defence requirement.

TLVS is intended to replace the legacy MIM-104C Patriot integrated air-defence systems in service with the German Air Force since 1989. Evolved from the earlier Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) design and development, the updated JV proposal includes development, test, certification, and delivery of a next-generation TLVS solution.

The TLVS GmbH JV has submitted an updated and final proposal to the BAAINBw for Germany’s TLVS next-generation integrated air and missile defence requirement.

“TLVS is driven by an open-system-architecture approach developed jointly with the customer, while applying the new provisions of ‘Agenda Rüstung’ [armaments agenda – the new German procurement process for military equipment],” an MBDA spokesperson told Janes.

“TLVS is based on the results of the MEADS Design and Development phase but will yield many new capabilities – above and beyond MEADS – that will be developed and fielded in country by German industry. These future proof enhancements ensure the system remains capable of outpacing the threat,” the spokesperson added.

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MEAD’s multifunction fire control radar tracks targets 360 degrees and guided PAC3 MSE towards the incoming ballistic missiles, aircraft or cruise missiles.

A MEADS Multifunction Fire Control Radar tracks targets approaching from opposite directions and guides PAC-3 MSE missiles to intercept. 

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.

The ‘beyond MEADS’ solution provides for a significant capability increase against an evolving and broader spectrum of threats, including tactical ballistic missiles (TBMs), advanced electronic warfare, and suppression of enemy air-defence (SEAD) threats, including cyber-attacks, and unmanned air-breathing threats.

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