Poland in Talks with LM Over MEADS

According to Defense Industry Daily

Friday, March 4, 2016

Poland and Lockheed Martin are back in discussions over the possible procurement of the Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS). The tender, estimated to be in the region of $5 billion, would form a central pillar of Poland’s large-scale military modernization efforts made all the more urgent by the Ukraine crisis and Russia’s renewed assertiveness in the region. A deal between Lockheed and the government, now five months in power, would represent a shift from the previous government, who were on the cusp of purchasing two Patriot batteries from Raytheon. An agreement on the MEADS deal would represent a massive coup for Lockheed, as they try to gather customers from countries looking to replace their aging Patriot systems.



MEADS is a mobile Air and Missile Defense System that is easily transportable, tactically mobile and uses the hit-to-kill PAC-3 MSE Missile to defeat tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles and aircraft, providing full 360-degree engagement. Proven hit-to-kill technology provides the best defense against tactical ballistic missiles (TBM) armed with weapons of mass destruction.

MEADS Medium Extended Air Defense missile Systems technical data sheet specifications information description intelligence identification pictures photos images US Army United States American defence industry military technology @armyrecognition.comComputers and Intelligence (BMC4I) Tactical Operations Center (TOC) MEADS BMC4I @defenceindustrydaily.comMEADS launcher X-band Multifunction Fire Control    UHF Surveillance Radar

The certified IFF system is used in both MEADS 360-degree radar configurations. The Surveillance Radar is a 360-degree, active electronically steered array radar that provides extended range coverage. The Multifunction Fire Control Radar is a 360-degree X-band, solid-state, phased array radar that provides precision tracking and wideband discrimination and classification capabilities. Both radars provide threat-detection capability against highly maneuverable, low-signature threats, including short- and medium-range ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and other air-breathing threats.

PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (PAC-3 MSE)

The MEADS systems uses the PAC-3 MSE missile. The ‘hit-to-kill’ PAC-3 Missile is the world’s most advanced, capable and powerful theater air defense missile. It defeats the entire threat spectrum of tactical ballistic missiles (TBMs) carrying weapons of mass destruction, advanced cruise missiles and aircraft.

The PAC-3 MSE Missile provides increased performance, greater altitude and range than the PAC-3 Cost Reduction Initiative (CRI) Missile fielded today. It incorporates threat-driven and technology-enabled hardware and software upgrades to defeat the advancing threat set.

Upgrades include:

• The solid-rocket motor now has a second pulse and is larger in diameter.
• Aerodynamic surfaces are larger and the span of the aft control surfaces is greater to accommodate the increased performance envelope.
• Thermal batteries have been sized consistent with increased performance and longer mission time.
• The PAC-3 MSE Missile is packaged in a single canister that stacks to provide flexibility for the Patriot or MEADS launcher load-out requirements.

Medium Extended Air Defense System


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