Germany has not officially promised to continue development of Meads. But a recent story in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung indicates that the German defense ministry plans to spend more than $320 million from 2014 to 2017 to further develop the system and is negotiating cooperation with Italy, Poland, Turkey and France.
In the U.S., work has continued on Meads, operating during the first months of the year under a bridge contract as Congress worked to solidify a full-year spending bill. “We’ve always anticipated because of Germany’s statements that they were strongly interested in completing development,” says Marty Coyne, business development director for Meads International.
Next up for Meads is a U.S.-NATO exercise in June, followed by a development and test activities. The year will end with a second intercept test at White Sands Missile Range, Coyne says.