2008-08-12 MEADS PDRMEADS begins preliminary design review
Raketenabwehrsystem: Entwurfsüberprüfung gestartet<br /> The Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) recently completed its Start of System Preliminary Design Review (PDR). The important two-day milestone initiated a series of 29 reviews over the next four months leading to a Summary System PDR in late October.
Successful completion of the review series is necessary for the advanced air and missile defense system to begin detailed design work and to ensure progress is made for initial flight tests in 2011.
The Start of System PDR marks the end of 33 months of Design and Development effort on the advanced air and missile defense system. The review summarized previous Major End Item-level PDRs, including allocated baseline documentation, and addressed a set of operational and performance analyses.
MEADS is being designed to meet challenging new requirements not addressed by any single previous system. Under development by Germany, Italy and the United States, MEADS is a mobile air and missile defense system being developed to replace Patriot in the United States, Hawk in Germany and Nike Hercules in Italy, and will supplement Patriot systems in Germany.