The German Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) has issued a second Request for Proposal (RFP) to the TLVS bidders consortium – an MBDA and Lockheed Martin joint venture – to develop Germany’s future Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) system.
“This second RFP is based on the first RFP. It addresses the results of our negotiations and aligns the TLVS offering with Germany’s new approach to acquisition reform, called Agenda Rüstung, focusing on military capabilities, transparency and risk management to ensure a successful contract,” said Dietmar Thelen, managing director of the TLVS joint venture.
This is a significant milestone toward achieving a contract award and is the culmination of months of close collaboration between the joint venture and the German customer.
“The comprehensive negotiations phase decisively increased our common understanding regarding risks and possible solutions and will ensure the TLVS tender fully addresses BAAINBw requirements,” said Gregory Kee, managing director of the TLVS joint venture.
The Lockheed Martin and MBDA joint venture, announced in March, is expected to become the prime contractor for the new system and is anticipated to add several hundred high-tech jobs in Germany and the United States.
The joint venture announced that it remains committed to submitting a proposal in response to the RFP in anticipation of a contract award in 2019.
The ground-based Tactical Air Defence System (TLVS, Taktisches Luftverteidigungssystem) is designed for protecting troops in out-of-area missions as well as assets and areas in alliance and national-defence contexts.
TLVS system is based on the Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS), a ground-mobile air and missile defense system developed jointly by Germany, Italy, and the United States to replace German and U.S. Patriot systems and Italian Nike Hercules systems.
Equipped with a 360° radar system, a command post with leading-edge technology and hit-to-kill missiles, the TLVS system can combat all airborne targets, including cruise missiles and tactical-ballistic missiles.
With its netted-distributed capability and open plug and fight interface, TLVS is the most advanced, networked 360° Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) system in the world, and it is the only system with the ability to flexibly react to changing threats using force that is tailored to the mission.
TLVS will transform Germany’s defense capabilities and enable the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Framework Nation to set an important precedent in how neighboring nations address persistent global threats for years to come.