At this year’s ILA Air Show (1-4 June, Berlin ExpoCenter Airport), MBDA is presenting a comprehensive portfolio of air defense systems and guided-missile for air, land and sea forces. In particular, the company will present new concepts in laser solutions, close- and very close-range defense and ground-based air defense.
For the first time, MBDA is exhibiting the complete MEADS development results together with the Bundeswehr and Diehl Defence at ILA. This includes five vehicles with the tactical operation center, multifunction fire control radar, launcher for the high-performance PAC 3 MSE missiles, the mobile power unit and the IRIS-T SL launcher. In June 2015, the German Ministry for Defence selected MEADS to be the core of its new TLVS Tactical Air Defence System and has sent a request for proposal in February 2016.
The system offers 360-degree and provides area defense, homeland defense, and continuous on-the-move protection for maneuver forces against air and missiles attacks. Thanks to its proven system interoperability, it enables seamless cooperation with EU and NATO partners. At the same time, it is also rapidly transportable.
For the first time, MBDA will exhibit a laser effector as a future system for very close-range defense that can be deployed both on land and at sea. The new weapon system is particularly suitable for defending against unmanned aerial systems. Thanks to its novel optics, it can acquire the target in a 360-degree operational arc, track and destroy it using its powerful laser beam. The solution offers high accuracy, scalable effect and low logistics overhead and minimum costs per firing.
MBDA will also exhibit a modular system concept for highly mobile close- and very close-range protection for ground forces against airborne threats. This concept is based on the TLVS system architecture and is thus a further element of an integrated air defense approach. This modular solution approach is based on proven components such as sensors and effectors used by many nations.
The new Enforcer is the most important system in the battlefield engagement area. This is a precise, light and low-cost compact guided missile for use by infantry and Special Forces. Development of this system started in 2015. System qualification is planned for 2017.
The Meteor, Brimstone and Taurus guided missiles for aircraft armament, the PARS family of guided missiles for helicopters and the proven MILAN system for infantry will additionally be on display at the MBDA booth.
In 2015, the German Federal Ministry of Defence chose the Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) as the basis for TLVS (Taktisches Luftverteidigungssystem), a next-generation network-based tactical air and missile defense system. It will replace the Patriot air defense systems which entered service in Germany in the 1980s. Several other nations have also shown interest in the MEADS air defense system selected by Germany.
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, 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 part of the European MBDA Group. MBDA Deutschland is part of the European MBDA Group. MBDA Deutschland’s activities are concentrated at its Schrobenhausen, Ulm and Aschau locations. MBDA is a joint undertaking of the Airbus Group (37.5%), BAE Systems (37.5%) and Leonardo - Finmeccanica (25%).