Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS)

Thursday May 25, 2006

What is it? The Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) is the Army's next generation of air and missile defense equipment. It is designed to provide a robust, 360 degree defense against the full spectrum of ballistic missiles, anti-radiation missiles, cruise missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles, tactical air to surface missiles, as well as rotary and fixed wing threats. MEADS is a cooperative development by Germany, Italy, and the United States. MEADS will field firing units with lightweight launchers, search radars, multiple function fire control radars, a battle manager, and associated equipment. The Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missile will be the interceptor as the system is fielded.

What has the Army done? Since approval by the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, the Army has entered into an agreement with Italy and Germany to jointly develop the MEADS ground system. Prototype demonstrations have been conducted of key components of the system, demonstrating technical maturity appropriate for this phase of the design effort. On May 31, 2005, the partner nations signed an eight year contract for the design and development of the MEADS system.

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