posted on Nov, 8 2013 @ 11:32 PM
The final, and most realistic test of the Medium-Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) was a success. The system fired two missiles at a Lance
ballistic missile, and a third at a low flying QF-4 target. All three missiles were fired "over the shoulder". The second missile fired at the
Lance self destructed after the first hit.
The system is designed to have 360 degree coverage, allowing missiles to be fired at all angles without having to move the launcher. It fires PAC-3
Missile Segment Enhancement interceptors at incoming targets.
This is the first test to use the full up system, and the final test planned. Initially the US, Germany, and Italy were developing the system
together, but the US and Germany pulled out. Representatives from Poland, who are looking to bolster their air defenses were on hand for this
The tri-national Medium-Extended Air Defense System (Meads) achieved two successful intercepts in its second and last planned flight test Nov. 6,
as prime contractor Lockheed Martin readies itself to proceed with a production program despite a lack of U.S. support going forward.
Meads successfully acquired, tracked and destroyed two targets — one air-breathing and another ballistic missile — fulfilling two of the test
objectives, says Marty Coyne, Lockheed Martin’s lead business development official for Meads.
This second flight test for Meads originally was slated to counter only a theater ballistic missile; a Lance surface-to-surface target was used for
the test, which took place at the White Sands Missile Range, N.M. But the Italian, German and American development partners agreed to increase the
complexity of the trial by adding an air-breathing QF-4, simulating a cruise missile.