ILA 2016: Raytheon pushes Patriot to Germany in anticipation of MEADS failing TLVS milestones

01 June 2016
Raytheon used the occasion of the ILA Airshow in Berlin to restate its case for the Patriot air defence system fulfilling Germany's TLVS requirement. Source: Raytheon

Raytheon is in discussions with Germany to potentially resubmit its Patriot ground-based air defence system for the country's Tactical Air Defence System (TLVS - Taktische Luftverteidigungssystem) requirement should the Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) fail to meet any of its mandated milestones.

Speaking at the ILA Airshow in Berlin on 1 June, Dr Luder Hogrefe, Managing Director of Raytheon Anschutz, said that, having initially lost out to the MBDA-Lockheed Martin MEADS system in 2015, the company is now talking to the German government to potentially reintroduce the Patriot into the TLVS programme should its competitor fail any of the three targets required before a development contract is awarded.

"The German Air Force based its TLVS decision on MEADS, but the German government has asked if MEADS can be delivered on time. MEADS has six milestones that it must fulfil - three before the development contract, and three in the first three years of the contract. The German government needs a fallback position with the Patriot [should these not be achieved], and we are in continuous discussions with the government to get this fallback position more formalised," he said.

Germany decided in June 2015 to buy the MEADS for its TLVS tactical air defence requirement. The final development and actual procurement is expected to come at the cost of an additional EUR3-4 billion (USD3.35-4.47 billion) for the Bundeswehr, with between 8 to 10 batteries to be procured in total.

Raytheon's offer of the Patriot to Germany is based on its expectation that MEADS will fail to deliver on the promised timeline. "MBDA has to fulfil certain milestones, [and] there is an understandable fear that it will be another catastrophe like the [delayed European-developed] A400M [transport aircraft]," Hogrefe said.

"It is currently planned that a development contract will be awarded by the end of 2016, but this is not going to happen.

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