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New JV to deliver Germany's next gen air defence system TLVS

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SCHROBENHAUSEN (BNS): MBDA Deutschland and Lockheed Martin have announced a new joint venture to pursue the next generation Integrated Air and Missile Defence 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.

"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 defence programme to fruition for Germany and NATO," said Thomas Gottschild, managing director of MBDA Germany.

"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 Defence System."

TLVS is a modern system that will transform Germany's defence capabilities and enable this key NATO framework nation to set an important precedent in how neighbouring nations address current and evolving threats for decades to come.

"We have partnered with MBDA Germany to bring air and missile defence solutions to life for more than 15 years. This joint venture takes our partnership to the next level, and we are excited about the possibility of delivering modern missile defence technology that will help Germany defeat current and future threats," said Frank St. John, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.

"We support Germany's role as the lead framework nation for air and missile defence for NATO and believe the MEADS-based TLVS system is the next-generation solution that will provide the long overdue 360-degree, mobile air and missile defence coverage they need to accurately identify and defeat threats."


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