Rheinmetall and Raytheon have joined forces to offer a ground-based air defence (GBAD) concept for the Bundeswehr. The two companies propose to integrate Rheinmetall's Nah-und Nächstbereichsschutzsystem (NNbS) short- and very short-range air defence system with Raytheon's longer range Patriot Advanced Capability (PAC-3) air defence system, claiming it would be less expensive and available sooner than the Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) proposed by Lockheed Martin and MBDA for Germany's Taktisches Luftverteidigungssystem (TLVS) tactical air defence system.
Harald Mannheim, Rheinmetall's senior vice-president for area air defence for Germany, said Patriot was already available off the shelf and therefore entailed no risk and that the German company had a proven counter-rocket, artillery, and mortar (C-RAM) capability.
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