Transformational Capability a Potential Model for Other Nations
The TLVS joint venture (MBDA Deutschland and Lockheed Martin) has submitted an updated bid for TLVS, Germany’s next-generation integrated air and missile defence (IAMD) system, the companies announced on 14 August. The proposal includes development, test, certification and delivery.
Designed to replace Germany’s aging, sectored PATRIOT systems, 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. TLVS will transform German defence capabilities and set an important precedent for how neighbouring nations address persistent global threats for years to come.
“More than 80 subcontractors will support the TLVS programme. At peak performance, more than 6,000 highly qualified employees will benefit from the implementation of TLVS, with the majority in Germany. A broad spectrum of industrial capabilities is to be involved, covering system of systems engineering, cybersecurity, digitisation, as well as cutting edge radar, optical and electrical engineering including small and medium suppliers. With these capabilities the TLVS programme will ensure defence against advanced and future air and missile threats,” explained Thomas Gottschild, Managing Director for MBDA Deutschland. “In [recent] months we [have] made progress in further detailing the Integrated Master Schedule, relevant specifications as well as performance simulations to de-risk the future contract.”
Current threats demand a mobile IAMD system that is fully 360°-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, according to the joint venture.
“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, VP, Integrated Air and Missile Defense, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “TLVS is a demonstrated, modern system that can transform Germany’s defense capabilities and enable Germany as the NATO Framework Nation for Air & Missile Defense.”