MEADS International Statement
(Source: MEADS International; issued Sept 7, 2016)
KIELCE, Poland --- It is our honor today to sign a Letter of Intent for a new and ongoing cooperation with PGZ, Poland’s leading defense company. Our agreement further solidifies MEADS International’s commitment to partner with Polish industry in air and missile defense.

We also look forward to formally reentering the Wisla medium-range air defense program, with the Polish government’s request for a full MEADS offer. MEADS is the only system to have demonstrated and proven network operation and 360-degree protection.

We are confident that our offer for the Wisla program provides Poland with the best solution for its military requirements, at a competitive price, with near-term completion and robust national industrial participation.

MEADS International, a multinational joint venture headquartered in Orlando, Florida, is the prime contractor for the MEADS system. Major subcontractors and joint venture partners are MBDA in Italy and Germany, and Lockheed Martin in the United States.


(EDITOR’S NOTE: Signed on the same day that the Polish Defense Minister authorized a Letter of Request for the competing Patriot system, the joint MEADS offer seems to be too late, but as MEADS notes the Polish government has requested a full MEADS offer, the real status of the Wizla competition is as confused as always.)

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MEADS International Signs Cooperation Pact for WISŁA Program with PGZ
(Source: MEADS International; issued Sept 7, 2016)
KIELCE, Poland --- With a shared vision for the Wisła medium-range air defense program, MEADS International (MI) and Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ) have signed a Letter of Intent to explore cooperation and mutually beneficial business opportunities related to the program.

This agreement includes the opportunity for PGZ to take a partnership role with MI alongside Lockheed Martin and MBDA. Benefits would ensure PGZ’s long-term participation in future expansion and sales of the Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS). Through this agreement, significantly greater than 50 percent workshare, in terms of the Wisla contract value, will be perfomed by Polish Industry and Institutes.

“We are honored and pleased to join with Poland’s leading defense company to offer the proven MEADS air and missile defense system in Poland,” said MEADS Vice President Tom Oles. “We are impressed with the commitment, skills, innovation and industrial capabilities of PGZ and its workforce, and we are proud to have the opportunity to work together. Our agreement is based on partnership and not just parts.”

Key aspects of the MEADS offer include:
-- System engineering and integration
-- Radar technology
-- PAC-3 missile co-production
-- Production of transceiver semiconductor module assemblies and microwave monolithic integrated circuits using GaN technology
-- Production and testing of an active radar homing seeker for short-range missiles
-- Production of a medium-range low-cost interceptor for the Wisła system and future use in the MEADS system.

Proven in three successful flight tests, MEADS is the culmination of a cooperative partnership of Germany, Italy, and the United States to design, develop and build the most advanced and capable air and missile defense weapon system in the world. Before production specifications are finalized, Poland has the opportunity to tailor elements of the system to national needs through the Wisła program. This work will be largely done by Polish industry.

MEADS International, a multinational joint venture headquartered in Orlando, Florida, is the prime contractor for the MEADS system. Major subcontractors and joint venture partners are MBDA in Italy and Germany, and Lockheed Martin in the United States.

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