The signing follows United States government approval for the procurement of the Arrow 3 weapon system by Germany. The aim under the agreement with MBDA is to support the necessary measures to adapt, integrate and maintain the system in Germany. Subject to the entering into of the said subcontract, MBDA will coordinate German industry activities needed to support the Program.
The Arrow 3 system, an upper tier exo-atmospheric interceptor for long-range threat engagement, is an essential part of Germany’s Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) strategic capability. As IAI’s prime contractor in Germany, MBDA Deutschland and will support both IAI and the Bundeswehr to achieve and go beyond initial operational capability.
IAI’s President and CEO, Boaz Levy: “The signing of the cooperation Memorandum of Understanding between Israel Aerospace Industries and MBDA Germany represents a significant milestone toward beginning joint activities to supply the Arrow 3 system to defend Germany’s citizens. The Arrow system, the result of development by IAI, in close cooperation with Israel’s Ministry of Defense, Israel’s Air Force, and the United States Missile Defense Agency (MDA), was operational proven over a number of years, and through jointly-conducted tests. Germany’s purchase of Arrow-3 reflects the advanced technological capabilities of the system and IAI. With its experience in Air Defence, system integration, logistics and maintenance, MBDA is the perfect partner for IAI and Bundeswehr.”
Thomas Gottschild, Managing Manager MBDA Deutschland: “The MOU is of upmost importance for the Israel and German industrial cooperation. We are very proud to have been entrusted by the German government as partner of IAI to contribute to this challenging project with all our expertise and knowledge in the field of Air and Missile Defence. We as the local prime partner are going to support the German government’s Initiative to build a Shield for Europe against the growing missile threat. We combine the capabilities and strength of our companies to implement the Arrow 3 system in Germany according to the schedule set by the German government. With this agreement we are in the position to support our partner IAI and the German Bundeswehr to establish and maintain a strategic capability against Ballistic Missiles. We are very proud to contribute to this challenging project with all our expertise and knowledge in the field of Air and Missile Defence.”