Lockheed Martin and MBDA Deutschland have submitted an updated proposal to deliver Germany’s future Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) system.

The joint venture (JV) of the two companies, called TLVS JV, submitted the proposal to the German Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw).

The proposal encompasses the development, testing, certification, and delivery of a mobile IAMD system.

MBDA Deutschland managing director Thomas Gottschild said: “More than 80 subcontractors will support the TLVS programme. At peak performance, more than 6,000 highly qualified employees will benefit from the implementation of TLVS, with the majority in Germany.

“A broad spectrum of industrial capabilities is to be involved covering system of systems engineering, cybersecurity, digitisation, as well as cutting edge radar, optical and electrical engineering including small and medium suppliers.

“With these capabilities, the TLVS programme will ensure defence against advanced and future air and missile threats.”

The 2020 TLVS proposal seeks to replace the ageing Patriot systems designed in the late 1960s.

The latest proposal will be designed to offer safety against broader threats, and will be equipped with enhanced sensor capabilities for long range engagements.

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Integrated Air and Missile Defense vice-president Scott Arnold said: “Supporting Germany’s essential security interests, the TLVS Joint Venture between MBDA Deutschland and Lockheed Martin builds on our proud legacy of partnership with Germany to create jobs, share technical expertise, and deliver capabilities to benefit industry on both sides of the Atlantic.

“TLVS is a demonstrated, modern system that can transform Germany’s defence capabilities and enable Germany as the NATO Framework Nation for Air & Missile Defense.”

Last month, Lockheed Martin received a contract from Armasuisse to provide support for Indago 3 small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) programme.