MBDA-Lockheed Martin bid for Germany’s missile defence system


Defence News: MBDA Deutschland and Lockheed Martin, the TLVS bidders consortium (TLVS JV), have submitted an updated proposal to the German Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw). The proposal includes development, test, certification and delivery of Germany’s future Integrated Air and Missile Defense system.

“More than 80 subcontractors will support the TLVS program. At peak performance, more than 6,000 highly qualified employees will benefit from the implementation of TLVS, with the majority in Germany,” said Thomas Gottschild, Managing Director of MBDA Deutschland.  

Thomas Gottschild  said a broad spectrum of industrial capabilities will be used including engineering systems and subsystems, cyber-security, digitization, as well as cutting edge radar, optical and electrical engineering including small and medium suppliers.

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Thomas Gottschild MBDA Germany

Thomas Gottschild, Managing Director, MBDA Deutschland.

“With these capabilities the TLVS program will ensure defense against advanced and future air and missile threats,” he said.

“In the last months we made progress in further detailing the Integrated Master Schedule, relevant specifications as well as performance simulations to de-risk the future contract,” Thomas Gottschild added.

Current threats demand a mobile IAMD system that is full 360-degree capable and based on an open network-centric architecture.

Only the TLVS system has these capabilities and the ability to rapidly adapt to the ever-changing threat environments.

“Supporting Germany’s essential security interests, the TLVS Joint Venture between MBDA Deutschland and Lockheed Martin builds on our proud legacy of partnership with Germany to create jobs, share technical expertise and deliver capabilities to benefit industry on both sides of the Atlantic,” said Scott Arnold, vice president, Integrated Air and Missile Defense, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.

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Scott Arnold said TLVS demonstrates a modern system that can transform Germany’s defense capabilities and enable Germany as the NATO Framework Nation for Air & Missile Defense.

Designed to replace Germany’s aging, sectored Patriot systems designed in the late 1960s, the 2020 TLVS proposal provides protection from a broader threat spectrum with two mission-specific effectors, significantly enhanced sensor capabilities for long range engagements and a new communications and Battle Management system to support enhanced interoperability, data fusion and cyber resilience.

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TLVS will transform Germany’s defense capabilities and set an important precedent in how neighboring nations address persistent global threats for years to come.

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