Lockheed Martin and its team members on the Medium Extended Air Defence System (MEADS) programme, Alenia Marconi Systems and DaimlerChrysler Aerospace, have received $10 million to fund six months of work as a prelude to a three-year risk reduction programme.

The money was delayed as Congress debated the need for the next-generation air defence system. The US Department of Defense sought $43 million for the system this year. MEADS' components include an advanced fire control radar and a new mobile launcher. The missile will be that developed for the Lockheed Martin PAC-3. MEADS will be used against theatre ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, aircraft and unmanned air vehicles.

Source: Flight International