MBDA and Lockheed Form Joint Venture for German Air & Missile Defense

On March 8, MBDA Deutschland and Lockheed Martin announced a joint venture to develop Germany’s next-generation integrated air and missile defense system, called TLVS, which will deploy a version of the partnership’s Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS). The new system will replace Germany’s Patriot defense systems, fielded in the 1980s. “With this joint venture, we will have the agility and ability to successfully make timely decisions in an integrated fashion. We will also have direct access to the most advanced test and simulation facilities and the pooled expertise and resources of MBDA and Lockheed Martin,” Thomas Gottschild, MBDA Germany’s managing director, said in the statement. “That’s how we’ll bring this important defense program to fruition for Germany and NATO.”

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