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Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS)

Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS)

The Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) has been developed to International Common Operational Requirements that provide system capabilities not met by any fielded systems. MEADS combines the advanced hit-to-kill PAC-3 MSE missile, surveillance and fire control sensors, battle management/communication centers, and high-firepower launchers. It provides superior battlefield protection with unprecedented flexibility to protect maneuver forces and to provide homeland defense.

360-Degree Coverage

Unlike any deployed system, MEADS destroys medium-range ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles, and aircraft as well as weapons of mass destruction. 360-degree coverage means there are no blind spots against the evolving threat. MEADS defends up to 8 times the coverage area of other systems using far fewer system assets, resulting in dramatic operation and support cost savings.

Plug-and-Fight

The MEADS open architecture enables system-of-system integration capabilities that permit operational mission tailoring for homeland defense or defense of maneuver forces. The minimum MEADS engagement capability requires only one launcher, one battle manager, and one Multifunction Fire Control Radar to provide 360-degree defense of troops or critical assets. As more system elements arrive, they automatically and seamlessly join the MEADS network and build out defensive capability.

Highly Mobile

MEADS is the first air and missile defense (AMD) system that provides continuous on-the-move protection for maneuver forces. MEADS is the only AMD system able to roll off tactical transports and almost immediately begin operations. Truck-mounted MEADS elements drive or roll on and off C-130 and A400M transport aircraft for faster deployment.

Tested and Proven

In November 2013, MEADS became the first AMD system to intercept and destroy two simultaneous targets attacking from opposite directions during a stressing demonstration of its 360-degree capabilities at White Sands Missile Range. The system has tested successfully in all three flight tests.

In July 2014, MEADS completed a comprehensive system demonstration at Pratica di Mare Air Base in Italy. The tests, including operational demonstrations run by German and Italian military personnel, were designed to seamlessly add and subtract system elements under representative combat conditions, and to blend MEADS with other systems in a larger system architecture.

Now a candidate to replace Patriot systems in Germany under the TLVS program, MEADS is also expected to be adopted by the Italian Air Force. In Poland, MEADS is a candidate for the Narew short-range air defense system.

Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS)

The Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) provides capabilities beyond any other fielded or planned air and missile defense system.

MEADS Flight Test #2 Mission Preview

MEADS Flight Test #2 demonstrated the first-ever dual intercept of two targets in opposite directions in a simultaneous engagement – a real-time, stressing demonstration of MEADS’ 360-degree air and missile defense capabilities.

MEADS Capability Nodes

Mature, network-ready MEADS end items add 360-degree capabilities to networked air and missile defense architectures.

Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS)

The Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) provides capabilities beyond any other fielded or planned air and missile defense system.

Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS)

The November 2011 Launcher/Missile Characterization Test included an unprecedented over-the-shoulder launch of the PAC-3 MSE missile against a simulated target attacking from behind, demonstrating a 360-degree capability. (Photo Courtesy of MEADS International)

Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS)

In June 2014 at Pratica di Mare Air Force Base, the MEADS battle management system successfully demonstrated plug-and-fight capability by successfully attaching, configuring, and moding an Italian Deployable Air Defense Radar as part of the MEADS network. The radar was used to track aircraft in the surrounding area. (Photo Courtesy of MEADS International)

Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS)

As part of a comprehensive solution to maximize the system’s ability to identify friendly aircraft, the MEADS UHF Surveillance Radar and X-Band Multifunction Fire Control Radar (MFCR) have greater range and more sensitivity than legacy radars. The selected SELEX IFF subsystem packaged into both radars is also more robust than current U.S. IFF systems. (Photo Courtesy of MEADS International)

Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS)

The MEADS launcher lifts a pallet of missiles, secures it, and erects it for launch within a demanding combat timeline. Reload times are significantly reduced. (Photo Courtesy of MEADS International)

Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS)

The MEADS BMC4I Tactical Operations Center uses an open systems architecture that supports netted-distributed operations. A key benefit of the MEADS plug-and-fight capability is command and control over other air defense system elements through standardized interfaces. Plug-and-Fight capability lets MEADS elements attach to and detach from the network at will, with no requirement to shut the system down. No air and missile defense system has previously done this. (Photo Courtesy of MEADS International)

Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS)

At White Sands Missile Range, a MEADS Multifunction Fire Control Radar tracked targets approaching from opposite directions and guided PAC-3 MSE missiles to intercept. (Photo Courtesy of MEADS International)

Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS)

A MEADS MFCR in the U.S. configuration completes an emplacement demonstration in Syracuse, New York. Range testing continues in preparation for a tactical ballistic missile intercept test in late 2013. (Photo Courtesy of MEADS International)

Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS)

In an unprecedented intercept test at White Sands Missile Range in November 2012, the 360-degree MEADS system destroyed an air-breathing threat attacking the tactical site from behind. (Photo Courtesy of MEADS International)

Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS)

Each MEADS element is lightweight and truck-mounted, mobile enough to move protection as needed or when forces move. Its rotating radars and advanced launchers provide 360-degree capability, and all components are networked using open architecture software and plug-and-fight capability. (Photo Courtesy of MEADS International)

Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS)

The MEADS power and communications unit, as with other MEADS elements, is designed for mobility and transportability, including C-130 transport. It has a highly reliable design that meets the power needs of both MEADS radars, and is ready to operate across a broad range of environmental conditions on a rapid emplacement timeline. (Photo Courtesy of MEADS International)

Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS)

The 360-degree active electronically steered array Surveillance Radar provides extended range coverage. Using their plug-and-fight capabilities, both the Surveillance Radar and MFCR are designed to act as nodes on the MEADS network or other future integrated air and missile defense networks, providing increased capability and flexibility to the warfighter. (Photo Courtesy of MEADS International)

Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS)

Three smoke trails cross in the sky above White Sands Missile Range during test of the 360-degree Medium Extended Air Defense System. In November 2013, MEADS intercepted and destroyed two simultaneous targets attacking from opposite directions during a stressing demonstration of its 360-degree air and missile defense (AMD) capabilities at White Sands Missile Range. (Photo Courtesy of MEADS International)

Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS)

A MEADS launcher sits ready as a second launcher fires a PAC-3 MSE missile in the background. The MEADS system is intended for use by several different countries and its systems have been developed to allow it to be used on each country’s vehicles. (Photo Courtesy of MEADS International)

Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS)

The MEADS Launcher, shown in its German configuration, demonstrated advanced 360-degree capabilities that enabled intercept of simultaneous targets attacking from opposite directions at White Sands Missile Range in November 2013. (Photo Courtesy of MEADS International)

Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS)

The MEADS Multifunction Fire Control Radar, shown in its German configuration, can detect and track advanced threats with 360-degree coverage and no blind spots. Unlike fielded radars, it is highly mobile and A400M transportable. (Photo Courtesy of MEADS International)

Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS)

The November 2011 Launcher/Missile Characterization Test included an unprecedented over-the-shoulder launch of the PAC-3 MSE missile against a simulated target attacking from behind, demonstrating a 360-degree capability. (Photo Courtesy of MEADS International)

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