For more than 50 years, Lockheed Martin has been a strategic partner of the Bundeswehr and the German aerospace and defense industry. An advocate for the development of an integrated transatlantic defense market, Lockheed Martin works with in-country industrial partners to support a range of German global security needs. 

From a partnership with ThyssenKrupp Maritime Systems and STN ATLAS Elektronik to upgrade German frigates to a cooperation with Airbus Defence & Space to produce radar for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), to a joint venture with Airbus Defence & Space to produce the COBRA radar in Germany, Lockheed Martin remains committed to its international partners.

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Partnership for Protection



Together with MBDA Germany, Lockheed Martin stands ready to jointly deliver the air and missile defense (AMD) capability needed for Germany's future TLVS program (Taktisches Luftverteidigungssystem). Thanks to it's open architecture, MEADS allows Germany to take on the lead role of NATO frameworknation on ground based air and missile defense. As the world's most modern and flexible AMD system MEADS is uniquely qualified to replace the aging Patriot system.


The CH-53K is a production platform; it will be fielded to the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) as a fully-operational aircraft in 2019.  By the time Germany receives its first aircraft, the CH-53K will have been in service with the USMC for five years.  The CH-53K is the modern heavy lift solution that will provide the German Armed Forces with a proven heavy lift helicopter that can be entered into service seamlessly without need for upgrades for the next several decades.

F-35A Lightning II

The F-35 is the world’s only 5th Generation multi-role fighter and will provide full Tornado replacement with its unrestricted ability to operate in highly-defended airspace. The dual-capable F-35A will take on all assigned operational tasks the Luftwaffe Tornado is tasked to provide, including air combat and reconnaissance as NATO’s Next Generation Fighter aircraft system with unmatched reach, persistence and European air dominance. The F-35 enables Germany to provide sovereign security, NATO coalition commitments and independent operations and is NATO’s Next Generation Fighter of choice, complementary to the Eurofighter as the U.K. and Italy are demonstrating. The F-35 provides best value with 5th Generation capability at or below less capable 4th Generation aircraft costs and offers significant industrial opportunities with advanced manufacturing and production technology partnership.