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New York, Geneva (AirGuideBusiness - Aerospace & Defense News - Defense Europe) Aug 22, 2010

Multinational air and missile defense system in August completed its final critical design review A multinational air and missile defense system in August completed its final critical design review, and the United States, Germany and Italy are expected to reach decisions on entering the low-rate production phase in October, government and industry officials said Aug 26. NATOOs Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) is intended to replace the U.S. ArmyOs aging Patriot air and missile defense system and has been in development for more than a decade. MEADS will use mobile trucks equipped with interceptor missiles and omni-directional radars to defeat cruise missiles and short-range ballistic missiles in the terminal phase of flight. The system is funded 58 percent by the United States, 25 percent by Germany and 17 percent by Italy. The government-industry team over the past two years demonstrated 1,100 elements of design criteria during 47 separate critical design reviews, and the week of Aug. 23 completed a final summary critical design review slightly ahead of schedule, said Steve Barnoske, president of industry consortium MEADS International. Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control of Dallas leads the industry team that also includes MBDA-Italia and LFK of Germany. Aug 21, 2010

Sutanovac, Lasta Serbian minister of defence Dragan Sutanovac revealed during a visit to Iraq on 5 August that a second batch of Lasta 95 piston-engined primary trainers has been delivered to the Iraqi air force. Sutanovac also said that Iraq is interested in negotiating with Serbia on the "reconstruction of an airbase", the...

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