The Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) can defeat next-generation threats including tactical ballistic missiles, unmanned aerial systems, cruise missiles and aircraft. Proven hit-to-kill technology provides the best defense against tactical ballistic missiles armed with weapons of mass destruction. MEADS is the first air and missile defense (AMD) system that provides continuous on-the-move protection for maneuver forces. MEADS also provides area defense, homeland defense and weighted asset protection.
MEADS defeats cruise missiles, TBMs and air-breathing threats attacking from any direction, with no blind spots.
Lightweight, efficient MEADS Major End Items need less strategic and tactical transport. MEADS is C-130/A400M transportable and has excellent cross-country mobility on ground.
MEADS provides operational flexibility to tailor battle elements using distributed sensors, launchers and tactical operations centers (TOCs). Through its plug-and-fight capability, MEADS sensors, effectors or other TOCs simply act as nodes on the MEADS network. A commander can dynamically add or subtract elements without shutting the system down. A standardized interface extends plug-and- fight to non-MEADS elements. This flexibility is unprecedented for ground-based AMD systems.
Designed for coalition fighting, MEADS shares communications with external sensors and data links such as airborne C3 systems, ACCS, SAMOC, AEGIS, THAAD and Patriot.
MEADS defends the force and defends itself. High off-road mobility, dispersion, and availability provide additional protection for the system. ECM resistance and distributed workload increase survivability. Graceful degradation and optimized on-board provisions result in high operational availability. Diagnostics minimize downtime and reduce resources to sustain fielded systems for extended periods.
Advanced logistic design and reliability reduce cost of ownership. No maintenance company is required. Using its 360-degree defensive capability, advanced radars and PAC-3 MSE missile, MEADS defends up to eight times the coverage area with far fewer system assets and significantly reduces demand for deployed personnel and equipment, which reduces demand for airlift.