On 28th September 2016, MBDA Deutschland GmbH submitted its proposal for the development of TLVS, Germany’s future ground-based air defense system, to BAAINBw (the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support).
“The offer presented to BAAINBw is the result of a detailed analysis and negotiation process with our partners and suppliers. It is based on the RFP (Request for Proposal) we received at the end of February 2016 and forms the basis for negotiations with the German customer”, said Thomas Gottschild, Managing Director of MBDA Deutschland.
The common objective is that the German parliament will be able to review the negotiated and finalized contract in spring 2017.
TLVS, based on MEADS technology, will provide unprecedented protection for both civilians and soldiers on operations either at home or abroad. Special system features include: 360-degree coverage, open system architecture and a "plug & fight” capability. This latter feature allows the attaching and detaching of additional sensors, effectors and weapon systems during uninterrupted operation, as well as rapid deployment.
In addition, the TLVS air defense system can be operated at a significantly lower cost to the user than existing systems and with fewer personnel and will provide the German Air Force with a level of interoperability with allied forces that has not been available up to now.
MBDA Deutschland is a leader in the development and production of air defense and guided missile systems for the German Army, Navy and Air Force. The company possesses production and management experience from over 50 years of industrial participation in national and international air defense and guided missile programs. These include the ground-based MEADS tactical air defense system as well as Patriot, the Rolling Air Frame Missile (RAM) and Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) for naval deployment, the Meteor and TAURUS missiles, developed in European cooperation, for airborne forces, and the MILAN and the PARS 3 LR helicopter armament for ground forces.
MBDA Deutschland is a part of the European MBDA group. The company operates sites in Schrobenhausen, Ulm and Aschau am Inn. MBDA is a joint enterprise of the Airbus Group (37.5%), BAE Systems (37.5%) and Leonardo-Finmeccanica (25%).