WARSAW, December 22, 2014 – MEADS International (MI) is offering the Medium Extended Air Defense System for Poland’s Narew short-range air defense system. The company was asked to participate in the upcoming technical dialogues with the Armament Inspectorate in early 2015.
Developed by Germany, Italy, and the United States to replace the Patriot air defense system, MEADS addresses deficiencies in fielded AMD systems. MEADS defeats challenging new air and missile threats from any direction, arrives and moves with deployed troops, and is interoperable with other NATO forces. Rotating MEADS radars provide 360-degree capability, and all components are designed to be networked using open-architecture software and plug-and-fight capability that is the source of its advanced system-of-systems integration capabilities. Through the Narew program, MEADS offers capability to command and control Wisła system elements.
MEADS International President Dave Berganini said, “We look forward to the dialogue with the Armament Directorate to discuss the benefits of using MEADS to rapidly integrate and to increase operational capability of the Shield of Poland. MEADS has repeatedly demonstrated its network capabilities. Now, it provides the shortest path to integration of existing and developmental military radars produced by Polish industry.”
In a flight test held in November of 2013, MEADS intercepted and destroyed two simultaneous targets attacking from opposite directions during a stressing demonstration of its 360-degree air and missile defense (AMD) capabilities at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. The flight test achieved all criteria for success.
In July, 2014, MEADS successfully completed a comprehensive system demonstration in Italy. The tests, including operational demonstrations run by German and Italian military personnel, 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.
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. The NATO program management agency NAMEADSMA is located in Huntsville, Ala.
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