A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed by Lockheed Martin and EADS to explore partnership opportunities on missile defence programs in the United States, Europe and around the world. The companies will identify areas in which they have compatible capabilities that can be collaboratively applied to benefit current and future customers. The MoU also addresses the potential of joint investments in key technologies that can significantly enhance the effectiveness of current and emerging missile defence programs.

Initial areas of discussion will focus on missile defence initiatives including sea-based systems; systems integration; command and control, battle management and communications (C2BMC); early warning and sensor networking; interceptor concepts and systems; and targets and countermeasures.

“Lockheed Martin and EADS each have extensive experience and capabilities in missile defence. This MoU further expands Lockheed Martin’s corporate relationship with EADS,” said Dave Kier, Lockheed Martin vice president and managing director of missile defence and protection programs. “By gaining a better understanding of each company’s capabilities we can collaborate to develop unique solutions and opportunities. Given the inherent capabilities of both companies, when combined to attack specific missile defence problems, I would expect innovative and comprehensive solutions to be developed.”