Delivery to White Sands Sets Stage for MEADS Tests

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After extensive system integration testing, the first Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) launcher has arrived at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., ready to demonstrate its advanced capabilities, according to MEADS International.

The lightweight, tactically mobile MEADS launcher carries up to eight PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) missiles.

At White Sands, MEADS International said it will demonstrate an over-the­shoulder launch of a PAC-3 MSE against a simulated target that attacks from behind. The test will demonstrate a 360-degree capability that can protect soldiers and assets from cruise missiles and short- and medium-range tactical ballistic missiles. Integration and checkout tests are continuing in preparation for a November flight test.

Partners in MEADS International are Italy’s MBDA, Germany’s LFK and U.S. company Lockheed Martin.