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The United States will continue to fund the development of MEADS

The US Congress agreed to continue funding the development program of the medium-range air defense system MEADS (Medium Extended Air Defense System), which is being implemented jointly with Italy and Germany.

As reported by Reuters, Congress approved a bill guaranteeing the allocation of 984 billion dollars to cover the current financial needs of the country up to September 30 this year. (until the end of the current fiscal year).

This bill provides for the allocation of 380 million dollars to the MEADS program, which will allow to complete the development and demonstration stage of the complex, as well as to avoid cancellation of contracts and negative consequences on an international scale.

According to Lockheed Martin spokesman Cheryl Ameriman, the resolution to continue funding public spending, adopted by the US Congress, includes funding for the last year of the MEADS complex.

MEADS SAM is a promising mobile air defense / missile defense system, which is designed to replace the Patriot air defense system in the US, the Nike Hercules in Italy, and Hawk and Patriot in Germany.

The system is developed by a joint venture MEADS International, which includes the Italian division of MBDA, the German LFK and the American Lockheed Martin. The development, production and support of the air defense missile system is managed by the NATO-created organization NAMEADSMO (NATO Medium Extended Air Defense System).

As planned, the MEADS air defense missile system, equipped with PAC-3 MSE anti-aircraft missiles capable of hitting targets with the direct hit kinetic warhead (hit-to-kill), will protect the groups of troops and important objects from operational-tactical ballistic and cruise missiles, aircraft and unmanned enemy aircraft.

Earlier, in February 2011, the US Department of Defense announced that it intends to stop financing the MEADS project after graduating from FN 2013. stage of development and demonstration of the complex due to lack of necessary funds. However, at the end of last year, the US Congress decided to abandon funding in FN 2013. MEADS program, arguing that the US Department of Defense does not intend to adopt it. Despite the appeal of President B. Obama and the leadership of the Pentagon, the defense budget for the 2013 f.g. 400,8 million was not included in the program’s funding for its final year.

Recently, the US Department of Defense, representatives of Germany, Italy and Lockheed Martin put pressure on lawmakers, stating that the termination of funding for the project could lead to complications in relations between official Washington and its allies, leading to loss of results of the project, which already spent about 4 billion dollars, as well as paying large sums to contractors as penalties.

According to representatives of the US Department of Defense, the approved completion of the development of MEADS will allow the US defense department to use the technologies created within the project in the implementation of advanced weapons systems development programs.

Lockheed Martin and the MEADS consortium plan to conduct further tests of the MEADS system in the fourth quarter of 2013 in order to test its capabilities to intercept ballistic missiles. The leadership of Lockheed Martin, for its part, intends to continue to cooperate with Italy and Germany in the framework of the program, even if the US administration refuses to continue to participate in it.

According to Sh. Amerin, the air defense system / PRO MEADS is much cheaper to operate than the Patriot air defense missile system manufactured by Raytheon, and provides cover for a much larger zone.

The company "Reyteon", in turn, continues to improve and modernize the air defense system "Patriot".
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    SPIRITofFREEDOM April 1 2013 12: 43 New
    The S-400 will still be cooler and cheaper!
    And let Lokhid Martin bred farther than anyone else!
    1. Su24
      Su24 April 1 2013 14: 58 New
      Do you even understand that these are different classes of air defense systems?
      1. leon-iv
        leon-iv April 1 2013 15: 19 New
        By the way, this is a conditionally tactical niche of the Vityaz air defense system
        our by the way first on cats Koreans practiced with
      2. MY THOUGHT
        MY THOUGHT April 1 2013 16: 52 New
        Quote: Su24
        Do you even understand that these are different classes of air defense systems?

        What difference does it make if the grandmother was also confidently bred bully
  2. zanoza
    zanoza April 1 2013 12: 46 New
    Better be this project has remained in computer graphics ..... negative
  3. Geisenberg
    Geisenberg April 1 2013 13: 04 New
    Yes, let them practice. So they have a hole in the budget - they will expand it even more. Ours urgently need to make a statement about the next asymmetric response to the American pro, such as having made a missile specifically to destroy these systems and, at the same time, about destroyers pro.
  4. horoh
    horoh April 1 2013 13: 10 New
    Another scam for NATO countries, and not only to whom they will sell this scrap winked
  5. Professor
    Professor April 1 2013 13: 24 New
    Those who studied well at school can read more here.
    MEADS (Medium Extended Air Defense System), United States of America

    1. Hemi cuda
      Hemi cuda April 1 2013 13: 45 New
      In the pictures and text as it is not impressive, most likely the next petriot is blind.
    2. leon-iv
      leon-iv April 1 2013 14: 13 New
      Proff, everything is just as data will be
      - lower limit / detection range
      - system response time from standby
      - time to develop a shooting solution
      - time to launch the first rocket
      - interval between starts
      - system performance
      - statistical probability of hitting
      then we’ll talk.
      1. Professor
        Professor April 1 2013 14: 17 New
        Proff, everything is just as there will be data, then we’ll talk.

        I agree. hi
  6. Allegedly
    Allegedly April 1 2013 13: 39 New
    How many beautiful photos with useless scrap metal. I will have to see the tribalt and the Poles fork out. I can imagine how the heart of Russophobes sings looking at these photos ...
    1. Allegedly
      Allegedly April 1 2013 17: 47 New
      Quote: Professor
      here more

      I mean the photos of the p * ndosovskoy technique in the comment * of the professor *, otherwise they came up with the minuses of the pseudo-patriot ...
  7. Yeraz
    Yeraz April 1 2013 13: 49 New
    A strange reduction in the US military budget, every week infa financed something, then completed development, then they started a new one ... what
  8. patsantre
    patsantre April 1 2013 16: 16 New
    In my opinion, it's time to stop posting news about foreign technology on this site, because 80% of its visitors are not able to give out anything smarter than the phrase "Th for a bunch of scrap metal" based on anything, they will look a little wiser.
    1. leon-iv
      leon-iv April 1 2013 16: 35 New
      IMHO you need to give more TTX technique then there will be fewer questions. The same Prof. often gives suitable translations of western articles.
      1. patsantre
        patsantre April 1 2013 19: 14 New
        It’s just that the TTX of this system doesn’t seem to exist yet. Even the prof can’t give. readers of the resource without knowing anything about the technology already call it scrap metal.
        1. Nayhas
          Nayhas April 1 2013 20: 00 New
          If performance characteristics are needed, then look at the characteristics of the MIM-104F PAC-3 missiles, the complex was built on the basis of this missile, the missile has been in operation for a long time.
  9. Averias
    Averias April 1 2013 17: 08 New
    Not long ago I was flipping through the channels on TV, there a man was talking about the "Iron Dome" (apparently related to its development), what he said killed on the spot. His words:
    Say, the "Iron Dome" system is the most advanced system today and will remain so in the future. That this system is capable of shooting down not only all existing missiles and objects, but also those that are only being developed and will be used in the future. In both, no more, no less. They will definitely not die from modesty. But what about the fact that this Iron Dome system was able to shoot down either 7% or 10% (I don’t remember exactly) of the missiles fired from the Palestinian side. But these are the simplest devices launched from self-made launch sites, and self-made rockets. Here are the storytellers.
    1. patsantre
      patsantre April 1 2013 19: 21 New
      At the expense of 10% - it’s 100500 times grinded and put in your mouth, your problems that you don’t want to swallow. At the expense of the simplest devices - it's hard to say, but to begin with, it’s impossible to calculate their tractor ... maybe they’re not so straight simple as it seems.
      As for advertising - you might think ours, advertising equipment on TV, do not exaggerate its capabilities.
    2. Professor
      Professor April 1 2013 19: 50 New
      But what about the fact that this "Iron Dome" system was able to shoot down either 7% or 10% (I don't remember exactly) of the missiles launched from the Palestinian side.


      But these are the simplest devices launched from home-made launch sites, and home-made missiles.

      good good

      That's the storytellers.

      Where to them to you. crying
  10. Army1
    Army1 April 1 2013 17: 45 New
    Kinetic interception, it seems to me, is not effective against modern navigators, supersonic cruise missiles, in short against maneuvering targets.
    But with 300V inspires confidence in me.
    1. patsantre
      patsantre April 1 2013 19: 21 New
      And since when did the Kyrgyz Republic maneuver, and what kind of supersonic shock CRs do you know?
    2. Nayhas
      Nayhas April 1 2013 20: 23 New
      You think that an air target is more likely to be lost if an explosion is carried out next to it, rather than being hit by a 300 kg rocket. which also explodes?
  11. darksoul
    darksoul April 1 2013 20: 37 New
    Lohead would have completed his pregnant cow first with F-35, C300 and 400 are the best, and in 2015 and C500 will do