COLOGNE, Germany — German Defence Ministry officials have released a long-awaited second and final request for proposals to MBDA and Lockheed Martin for a new missile defense weapon, the company announced on Thursday.
The move caps the first phase of negotiations over the Bundeswehr’s TLVS program, short for Taktisches Luftverteidigungssystem, between the government and the trans-Atlantic industry team. In the next stage, officials are expected to hammer out binding cost and technical parameters that would eventually lead to an acquisition contract next year.
The Bundestag, Germany’s parliament, still must approve funding for the program at that stage.
Grown from the Medium Extended Air Defense System, or MEADS, the weapon is designed to intercept missiles pointed at deployed formations from all directions. If Germany can pull off the project, the acquisition would give the Bundeswehr’s air defenders the first-ever fielded system with a built-in 360-degree capability.