15 Mar 2018

New JV to deliver Germany’s next-gen ground-based air defense system

MBDA Deutschland and Lockheed Martin has announced a new joint venture to pursue the next generation Integrated Air and Missile Defense System, TLVS, for the German Bundeswehr.

The joint venture is expected to become the prime contractor for the new system, which is currently being negotiated with Germany’s procurement office for the Bundeswehr, BAAINBw.

TLVS will leverage the development results and experiences from the $4 billion investment of the trilateral MEADS program (US, Germany and Italy) and deepen the US – European partnership through a continued, shared commitment to local industry, safety and security.

It is envisaged the TLVS system will transform Germany’s defence capabilities set an important precedent in how neighboring nations address current and evolving threats for decades to come.

Gregory Kee of Lockheed Martin and Dietmar Thelen, representing MBDA, will lead the company from the MBDA Deutschland office in Schrobenhausen, Germany.

Thomas Gottschild, Managing Director of MBDA Germany, said: “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 defense program to fruition for Germany and NATO.

“We feel responsible and committed to support the German Armed Forces, namely the German Air Force, in establishing its next generation Integrated Air and Missile Defense System.”

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