Press Release


January 31, 2017


Technology Transfer is Key Part of MEADS Offer

WARSAW, Jan. 31, 2017 – MEADS International (MI) presented an updated offer for Poland’s medium-range air defense (Wisła) program this week to the Ministry of National Defense. The presentation follows a year of active discussion with the Polish government regarding the security and industrial benefits of the Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS). Advanced capabilities, partnership and a proven technology transfer methodology remain key characteristics of the MEADS industrial offer.

“We’re extremely pleased to have been given the opportunity to present a detailed offer to the Ministry of National Defense,” said Tom Oles, vice president for MEADS at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “MEADS respresents the most affordable and the quickest path to the capabilities Poland requires, and if MEADS is selected for Wisła, Polish Industry will benefit from technology implementation and future sales of MEADS in partnership with global leaders in defense.”

Through its Technology Transfer Plan, MI will help Polish Industry become a world-class air and missile defense system integrator. MI has demonstrated a robust model for technology sharing and commitment to transatlantic cooperation. MEADS technology includes active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, digital systems, 360-degree defense and an open-architecture nonproprietary network.

In June 2015, the German Ministry of Defense selected MEADS as the basis for its new air and missile defense system Taktisches Luftverteidigungssystem (TLVS). In February 2016, members of the MI consortium accepted the Polish Ministry’s invitation to revive discussions on MEADS. In September 2016, MI signed a Letter of Intent for ongoing cooperation with PGZ, Poland’s leading defense company.

Developed by Germany, Italy and the United States to replace Patriot, the 360-degree MEADS system addresses deficiencies in currently fielded systems. It defeats challenging new air and missile threats from any direction, arrives and moves with deployed troops, and is interoperable with other NATO forces.

MEADS International, a multinational joint venture headquartered in Orlando, Fla., is the prime contractor for the MEADS system. Major subcontractors and joint venture partners are MBDA in Italy and Germany, and Lockheed Martin in the United States.

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360-Degree Point of View

Proven, Not Promises

January 26, 2017

By Dave Berganini
President, MEADS International

Fifteen years ago, the US and Germany decided to replace their 40-year-old Patriot systems. Frustrated with Patriot’s flaws during combat in Iraq, warfighters agreed they needed a new system to defeat next-generation threats in 21st century combat scenarios. The answer was MEADS, which is designed for greater transportability and mobility, 360-degree coverage, more interoperability, and maneuver force protection. MEADS is based on a network architecture that can leverage other surveillance sensors. It uses non-proprietary software and open architecture to simplify upgrades and reduce costs – unlike other systems.

Now, nearly every new air and missile defense procurement seeks 360-degree protection, open architecture, and network-centric operation. New systems for the US, Germany, Turkey, and Poland include these requirements. In fact, even the Russians agree. Almaz-Antey says it is starting work on a system with MEADS-like capabilities.

Patriot has stayed competitive because it exists, not because it is the best solution. But to win new competitions, Raytheon is now promising capabilities Patriot does not have and asking nations to pay to develop a system that the US will not buy or use.

To be sure, MEADS and Patriot are now separated by $4B and over 10 years of development. There is a massive leap between a radar mockup and a fully integrated system. MEADS is proven. Patriot’s improvements are merely promised.

Only MEADS has proven 360-degree intercept capability with a dual intercept. In 2013, MEADS accomplished the unprecedented and unmatched intercept using all of its system components. Unlike Patriot, MEADS can already detect, track and intercept multiple targets in different directions at the same time. It also provides greater range with the PAC-3 MSE Missile using advanced MEADS radars that let the missile achieve its full capability. Patriot can’t do that, but has promised it can.

Only MEADS has put a networked system in the hands of German and Italian military personnel for two weeks of operator testing. The tests were designed to seamlessly add and subtract system elements under representative combat conditions, and to blend MEADS with other systems in a larger system architecture. The MEADS operators were able to rapidly recognize, incorporate, control, remove, reallocate and reposition launchers and sensors during engagement operations. Patriot can’t do that, but has promised it can.

Only MEADS provides full open architecture, which simplifies upgrades in response to emerging threats. Standardized interfaces and non-proprietary software provide capability to plug-and-fight both MEADS components as well as launchers and radars from other systems. In 2014, MEADS rapidly attached and controlled an external Italian deployable air defense radar. As a fully integrated asset in the MEADS network, the radar tracked air objects and supplied a common integrated air picture of the area around Pratica di Mare Air Force Base. Do any of the 13 Patriot users actually have capability to modify the system’s software? No. Just promises.

Right now, many NATO nations have a requirement for new AMD system with 21st century capabilities. Germany has chosen the proven MEADS system. None have chosen to fund Raytheon’s ambitious promises.

As a result, the risk is great. What if Poland decides to buy vintage Patriot systems as an interim solution but they are so expensive to own and maintain that Poland can’t afford to replace them with the capabilities it needs? What a dark promise that would be.

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