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Report: Germany Ditches Patriot

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  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    Germany’s order for the Medium Extended Air Defense System would be a blow to Patriot-maker Raytheon and could reshuffle trans-Atlantic defense contracts.

  • Facts


    • Germany, Italy and the United States spent billions developing the Medium Extended Air Defense System but the United States withdrew due to budget concerns.
    • Germany’s order for MEADS missiles is worth €4 billion, or $4.5 billion, German broadcaster ARD reported.
    • MEADS are made by Lockheed Martin and a European group controlled by Finmeccanica from Italy, Airbus Group and BAE Systems from the United Kingdom.
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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.

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