The highest ranking officer in the German army, chief of staff Volker Wieker, has decided to buy a new air defense system, the Medium Extended Air Defense System, or MEADS, German state broadcaster ARD reported on Monday.
The new system would replace Germany’s contingent of Patriot missiles, which are produced by U.S. defense firm Raytheon, based in Waltham, Massachusetts.
Germany will reportedly spend €4 billion, or $4.5 billion, on the new missile system, in addition to having invested €1 billion in development costs. The system is made by European defense group MBDA and Lockheed Martin, based in Bethesda, Maryland, the broadcaster said.
ARD cited unnamed sources from the Defense Ministry familiar with the matter and politicians from Germany’s ruling coalition of Christian Democrats and Social Democrats, Florian Hahn and Rainer Arnold.