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The German missile defence project is advancing. In addition to the ongoing modernization of the German Patriots, MEADS, which was originally developed jointly with the USA and Italy, is now to return to the procurement focus in order to deliver modern equipment to the German Armed Forces. The TLVS bidders consortium, an MBDA Deutschland and Lockheed Martin joint venture, announced it has submitted its proposal to the German Procurement Agency BAAINBw to develop, test and deliver TLVS, the successor version of MEADS and possibly – following the decision of the Chief of Staff of the German Armed Forces in 2015 – Germany’s future integrated air and missile defence system. The tender proposes a four-phased approach that includes development, integration, testing and delivery of a fielded multi-mission system.

“A brief glance at the headlines show significant advances in adversarial threats in just the last five years, and we are operating in an environment today where those threats will likely only continue to proliferate,” said Dietmar Thelen, managing director of the TLVS joint venture. “Germany needs a future-proof solution that can grow with the emerging threat.”

“We’ve completely reimagined TLVS based on customer requirements. Our approach reduces risk, supports lower life cycle costs and enables more effective coalition operations,” added Gregory Kee, managing director of the TLVS joint venture. “TLVS will allow Germany to provide regional protection as the Framework Nation for Air and Missile Defense for NATO, with a high degree of system sovereignty.”

Dorothee Frank