For more than 50 years, Lockheed Martin has been a strategic partner of the Bundeswehr and the German aerospace and defense industry. An advocate for the development of an integrated transatlantic defense market, Lockheed Martin works with in-country industrial partners to support a range of German security needs.
From a joint venture with MBDA Deutschland to execute the TLVS (Taktisches Luftverteidiungssystem) air and missile defense, to a strategic partnership with Rheinmetall and other German companies on the STH (Schwerer Transporthubschrauber) heavy lift program, and a close cooperation with Airbus Defence and Space on the modernization of the German Navy's P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft, Lockheed Martin remains committed to both new and established relationships.
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Partnership for Protection
The Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) has been chosen by Germany to form the foundation for its future Air and Missile Defense (AMD) system, known as Taktisches Luftverteidigungssystem or “TLVS”. TLVS will defeat next-generation threats including tactical ballistic missiles, unmanned aerial systems, cruise missiles and aircraft. Its proven hit-to-kill technology provides the best defense against tactical ballistic missiles armed with weapons of mass destruction. TLVS will be the first air and missile defense (AMD) system to provide continuous on-the-move protection for maneuver forces, area defense, homeland defense and weighted asset protection. Lockheed Martin is partnered with MBDA Deutschland on the TLVS program. Formal TLVS contract negotiations are ongoing in Germany, with a joint goal of having a negotiated contract in 2019.
The Sikorsky CH-53K is the modern heavy lift solution that will provide the German Armed Forces with a proven heavy lift helicopter. The role our German industrial partners will play in propelling the CH-53K forward is key to the program’s success. Built to thrive on the 21st century battlefield, including shipboard operations, the CH-53K is an all-new aircraft, using modern intelligent design. Designed to ensure reliability, low-maintenance, high availability and enhanced survivability in the most austere and remote forward operating bases, the CH-53K will enable the German Armed Forces to conduct bona fide heavy lift operations, while providing the highest degree of safety for its crew and occupants in all conditions.
The Sikorsky MH-60R SEAHAWK is the only globally proven maritime helicopter available today with the capability to perform ASW/ASuW, and is the most capable and cost-effective solution for the German Navy’s next maritime helicopter. The SEAHAWK provides world class availability to ensure mission readiness for the German Navy.