For the first time ever, visitors to this year’s ILA exhibition have the opportunity to view all the TLVS/MEADS prototypes. The Tactical Air Defense System (TLVS) is based on the Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS), the development of which was concluded at the end of 2014. In June 2015, the Bundeswehr decided to implement TLVS on the basis of MEADS.
MEADS was developed in Germany, Italy and the USA by MBDA and Lockheed Martin. At the end of February 2016, MBDA Deutschland received an RFP (request for proposal) from the German Defense Ministry for the development of TLVS on the basis of MEADS. MBDA is now preparing a quotation jointly with a number of contractors, notably Lockheed Martin.
The Bundeswehr and MBDA together with Diehl Defense are exhibiting the TLVS/MEADS prototypes for the first time. These include:
- The Tactical Operation Centre (TOC)
- The Multifunctional Fire Control Radar (MFCR)
- The Ancillary Group (ANG), the power generation unit
- The PAC-3 MSE missile launcher for high-value targets
- The Diehl IRIS-T SL missile launcher
Thomas Homberg, Managing Director of MBDA Deutschland, said: “TLVS/MEADS marks the advent of the next generation of ground-based air defense systems. Its 360° full-coverage defense capability and open system architecture with plug & fight functionality, which have been proven in live fire exercises, offer massive capability gains and enable a degree of interoperability with allies that has been impossible up to now.”
Rick Edwards, Executive Vice President of Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control added: “Interest in TLVS/MEADS is exceeding our expectations. Countries that have already chosen a competing system are now reconsidering their decisions in view of the unique performance capability of the new system. The selection decision in Germany is meeting with enormous international interest.”
MBDA Deutschland is a leader in the development and production of air defense and guided missile systems for the German Army, Navy and Air Force. The company possesses production and management experience from over 50 years of industrial participation in national and international air defense and guided missile programs.
These include the ground-based MEADS tactical air defense system as well as Patriot, the Rolling Air Frame Missile (RAM) and Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) for naval deployment, the Meteor and TAURUS missiles, developed in European cooperation, for airborne forces, and the MILAN and the PARS 3 LR helicopter armament for ground forces.
MBDA Deutschland is a part of the European MBDA group. The company operates sites in Schrobenhausen, Ulm and Aschau am Inn. MBDA is a joint undertaking of the Airbus Group (37.5%), BAE Systems (37.5%) and Leonardo - Finmeccanica (25%).
Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 125,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.