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MSPO 2013: MEADS offers Poland membership in programme

03 September 2013
Membership of the MEADS project is being offered to Poland for its 'Shield of Poland' air defence programme. Source: Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control Systems

The tri-nation Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) programme is offering Poland the opportunity to become a fourth partner nation and to share in the final research and development (R&D), production and future upgrades of the system.

MEADS is currently in the final phases of its test programme, with a first ever attempted dual-intercept test firing against both a cruise missile and a ballistic missile scheduled now for early November.

According to the current proposed arrangement, Polish Defence Holdings (PDH) would become a partner in the programme along with the original developers, Lockheed Martin, MBDA Deutschland and MBDA Italia.

MEADS Business Development Director Marty Coyne explained to IHS Jane's that "when the three-nation MoU expires next year, Poland could be invited to join in a new MoU, giving their industry and armed forces the chance to participate in this effort with three other NATO nations.

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