US Air Traffic Control Office certifies MEADS system
Sep 04, 2013 (AIRLINE INDUSTRY INFORMATION via COMTEX) --
The Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) Mode 5 Identification Friend or Foe system has been certified for operation according to lead US contractor MEADS International and US aerospace firm Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT).
MEADS became the first US system approved to incorporate a non-US cryptographic device in 2009, LMT said.
Certification by the US Air Traffic Control Radar Beacon System Identification Friend or Foe Mark XII/XIIA System Program Office is a milestone for the MEADS programme.
Lockheed Martin said that Mode 5 is more secure and provides positive line-of-sight identification of friendly platforms equipped with an IFF transponder to better differentiate between friend and foe.
The approved IFF system is used in both MEADS 360-degree radar configurations. The surveillance radar is a 360-degree, active electronically steered array radar that provides extended range coverage.
The Multifunction Fire Control Radar is a 360-degree X-band, solid-state, phased array radar that provides precision tracking and wideband discrimination and classification capabilities. Both radars provide threat detection capability against highly maneuverable low-signature threats, including short- and medium-range ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and other air-breathing threats.
MEADS International, a multinational joint venture headquartered in Orlando, Fla., is the prime contractor for the MEADS system. Major subcontractors and joint venture partners are MBDA in Italy and Germany, and Lockheed Martin in the United States.
The MEADS program management agency NAMEADSMA is located in Huntsville, Ala.
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