EADS Defence to Provide T/R Modules for MEADS Radar

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EADS Defence & Security Systems will provide the tri-national Medium Extended Air Defence System (MEADS) with T/R modules forming the system's fire control radar, under a € 120 m. The company is expected to deliver more than 40,000 modules within the next two years, to support the design and development of the new radar.


To sustain the accelerated production the company established a "MicroWaveFactory", supporting dedicated RF chip production foundry and automated clean room production facility at its production site near the city of Ulm, Germany. The company is supplying standard, modular T/R units for other Active Electronically Scanning Array (AESA) radars, such as the CAESAR airborne fire control radar, and spaceborne TerraSAR, the TCAR area surveillance radar for NATO and the German ground surveillance program BÜR. The various applications operate in the X-band and require only minor adaptation to utilize the common core of the T/R modules, thereby reducing the development risk, schedules and production costs

MEADS is a joint program of Germany, Italy and the US aiming at the development of a mobile air defense system countering new threats and replacing older equipment. The $ 3.5 billion design and development phase has been launched in 2005 in order to produce four fire control radar prototypes by 2012 to 2014.



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