Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and MBDA Germany today signed an agreement in principle on cooperation between the two companies in the field of ground-based air defense systems. As MBDA further explains in a current press release, both companies are planning to develop joint solution concepts for this safety-critical segment and to bundle their respective strengths in the process.
According to the announcement, ground-based air defense is becoming increasingly important due to the increasing number of threats. Therefore, the cooperation encompasses all areas of ground-based air defense, according to MBDA. The experience and synergies of both companies would help to develop effective and appropriate system solutions across the entire spectrum for the Bundeswehr.
According to reports, joint offers for all segments of air defense - from close and close range protection to the upper interception layer - are to be examined openly in the coming months as part of the industry agreement that has now been signed. As it is said, the Memorandum of Understanding relates exclusively to the German market.
"I am convinced that in the next few years our companies will design trend-setting products and systems and bring them to operational readiness, which are essential for the security of Germany and Israel," emphasizes Thomas Gottschild, Managing Director of MBDA Germany.
State-owned Israel Aerospace Industries is recognized as one of the world's leading aerospace and defense companies. The portfolio includes air defense systems, satellites, air mission platforms, UAVs, radars, reconnaissance, EW, robotics and more. The IAI subsidiary ELTA Systems is also supplying a radar for the Israeli anti-missile defense system Iron Dome. ELTA is also the partner of the German sensor company Hensoldt in the modernization of the long-range radars on the class 124 frigates. According to the plans, the future sensors will also be used for defense against ballistic missiles. In addition, ELTA will also supply the ground-based surveillance radar for the German army with the abbreviation BARÜ.
Editorial staff / lh