does not possess nuclear weapons, nor would be a threat even if it did. It did,
however, play important role in the negotiations about the
Forces Treaty between the USA and USSR in the late 1980’s when the former
Chancellor of West Germany unilaterally decided to dismantle all the Pershing
IA missiles after dismantling IRBMs of the USA and USSR.
played a major role in the joint development of
Extended Air Defense Systems (MEADS) with the USA and Italy. MEADS
International, with participating Lockheed Martin and MBDA earned the selection
to start making what would be called the MEADS system, which would be run with
a large amount of support from MBDA Deutschland GmbH. After litigious protests
by the losing companies, MEADS garnered a definitive contract for $2 billion
and € 1.4 billion. Since then, the Italian and German Branches of MBDA started
developing anti-missile systems while the United States continued to bolster
its own missile defense initiative.
2008, Germany began developing a laser-based ground-mobile anti-missile system,
which uses of a concentrated beam of infrared laser that can track, identify
and destroy missiles. Tests run with the new laser
proven its proficiency in taking down missiles as far as 2km away. This
same technology will be used in the future to develop anti-IED and
December of 2013, Germany
240 soldiers to southern Turkey to operate the 2 Patriot missile batteries
it provided to deter cross border airstrikes from Syria. Other Patriot battery
units have been provided by the Netherlands and the US.
June 2012, the United States decided
would stop its funding, as the program would not be utilized as much as
they had anticipated, and as the money was to be scarcer.
response, Germany realized that it would have to fund the entirety of the
program nearly by itself, which by one estimate would leave them $400 million
short. Germany has since been
the United States government to reverse spending cuts that would harm
international missile defense development, a reality that German officials say
would have far-reaching complications diplomatic and military.
is equipped with PAC-3 Patriot missile batteries and a40 kW Laser system
(Spexer 2000 radar and MEOS II IR Optronics package for long range tracking).
Updated February 18, 2014