Prime contractor for the Medium Extended Air Defense (MEADS) programme
MEADS International Inc. is a multinational joint venture headquartered in Orlando, FL. It’s participating companies are MBDA Italy, MBDA Germany, and Lockheed Martin in the United States. Together, these companies created an international engineering team in Orlando to develop systems and technologies for the Medium Extended Air Defense (MEADS) programme. The United States funded 58 percent of the MEADS programme, and European partners, Germany and Italy, provided 25 percent and 17 percent respectively.
The Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) has been developed to International Common Operational Requirements to provide system capabilities not met currently by fielded air and missile defence systems. MEADS incorporates the advanced hit-to-kill PAC-3 MSE missile, surveillance and fire control sensors, battle management/communication centers, and high-firepower launchers. It combines superior battlefield protection with unprecedented flexibility that allows it to protect manoeuvring forces and to provide homeland defence.
MEADS will provide capabilities beyond any other fielded or planned air and missile defence system. It will be easily deployed to a theater of operations and once there, will keep pace with fast-moving manoeuvring forces. When completed, MEADS will be the only air and missile defence system able to roll off tactical transports with the troops and almost immediately begin operations. More importantly, its open architecture will provide for 21st century air and missile defence system-of-system integration capabilities that allow operational mission-tailoring for homeland defence or defence of manoeuvring forces. MEADS will also provide greater firepower with less manpower than current systems, producing dramatic operation and support cost savings.
MEADS International Inc.
P.O. Box 691749
Orlando, FL 32869-1749
United States of America
Phone: +1 407-356-8400
Fax: +1 407-356-8422