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MEADS International, Poland's PGZ partner for missile deal
by Richard Tomkins
Kielce, Poland (UPI) Sep 8, 2016

Latvia orders air defense missiles
Linkoping, Sweden (UPI) Sep 8, 2016 - Latvia's Ministry of Defense has ordered additional RBS 70 short-range, ground-based air defense missiles from Saab of Sweden.

The number of missile systems ordered through an option of a 2015 contract was not disclosed but Saab said the missiles would be delivered this year and next.

"We are pleased to see the RBS 70 system as a key capability that contributes to strengthening the defense and security of the Latvian nation," said Anna Fröjd, head of Saab's Nordic and Baltic area business unit. "The RBS 70 is a modern air defense missile system with flexible design and several upgrade possibilities that meet Latvia's evolving needs.

The RBS 70 is a man-portable system for anti-aircraft warfare. The missile -- its newest variant is the NG -- stand and sight weigh about 192 pounds.

Range of the missile: about 4.9 miles.

MEADS International has teamed with Poland's Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa to bid on the country's Wisla air defense program and related opportunities.

The agreement, covered by a letter of intent, includes the opportunity for PGZ to take a partnership role with MI alongside Lockheed Martin and MBDA. Benefits would ensure PGZ's long-term participation in future expansion and sales of the Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS).

Through this agreement, significantly greater than 50 percent workshare, in terms of the Wisla contract value, will be perfomed by Polish Industry and Institutes, MEADS International said in a statement.

"We are honored and pleased to join with Poland's leading defense company to offer the proven MEADS air and missile defense system in Poland," said MEADS Vice President Tom Oles. "We are impressed with the commitment, skills, innovation and industrial capabilities of PGZ and its workforce, and we are proud to have the opportunity to work together. Our agreement is based on partnership and not just parts."

The MEADS International and PGZ offer for the Wisla medium-range air defense program will include system engineering and integration; radar technology; PAC-3 missile co-production; production of transceiver semiconductor module assemblies and microwave monolithic integrated circuits using GaN technology; production and testing of an active radar homing seeker for short-range missiles; production of a medium-range, low-cost interceptor for the Wisła system and future use in the MEADS system.

The MEADS system is the result of cooperation between Germany, Italy, and the United States. Before production specifications are finalized, Poland will be able to tailor elements of the system to national needs through the Wisła program.

MEADS International, headquartered in the United States, is a multinational joint venture by MBDA in Italy and Germany, Lockheed Martin and others.

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