A new joint venture (JV) between MBDA Deutschland and Lockheed Martin, is expected to become the prime contractor for the next generation Integrated Air and Missile Defence System, “TLVS,” for the German Bundeswehr.
The procurement is currently being negotiated with Germany’s procurement office for the Bundeswehr, BAAINBw.
“We support Germany’s role as the lead framework nation for air and missile defence for NATO and believe the MEADS-based TLVS system is the next-generation solution that will provide the long overdue 360-degree, mobile air and missile defence coverage they need to accurately identify and defeat threats,” said Frank St. John, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.
The US$4 billion investment of the trilateral MEADS program (U.S., Germany and Italy) will be leveraged, making use of its development results and experiences for the benefit of the TLVS programme.
“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. That’s how we’ll bring this important defence program to fruition for Germany and NATO,” said Thomas Gottschild, managing director of MBDA Germany.