A team composed of Lockheed Martin, MBDA Deutschland and Leonardo-Finmeccanica has submitted a final proposal to the government of Germany to compete for the development of the Medium Extended Air Defense System, Defense News reported Tuesday.
Jen Judson writes Richard Edwards, executive vice president of Lockheed's missiles and fire control business, told Defense News that the industry team expects to land a contract for the MEADS program in early 2017.
The team submitted the bid in September months after Lockheed and MBDA announced plans to finalize an estimated $4.5 billion deal with Germany for the MEADS program by the end of 2016.
Edwards said the next missile defense system program, also known as TLVS in Germany, will integrate the country's battle management system and IRIS-T interceptors, Judson reports.
The report said Raytheon has proposed the Gallium Nitride Active Electronically Scanned Array radar to Germany in an effort to update the country's Patriot air-and-missile defense platform.
Raytheon said in a statement that its GaN AESA radar system seeks to meet Germany's TLVS program requirements, the report added.