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Poland to Possibly Replace US in Meads Missile Program

Poland may soon replace the U.S. in a multinational anti-missile program. Bloomberg reports the U.S. wants to terminate its role in the Medium Extended Air Defense System at the end of the current development phase in 2013, and the program is now in talks with Poland to possibly take its place.

The program is a joint venture involving the U.S., Italy and Germany as well as a group of companies led by Lockheed Martin. A spokesperson for Lockheed’s Bethesda, Md., office said several nations have expressed interest in joining, but none have been confirmed.

The U.S. currently pays for 58 percent of the funding for the Meads program, with its development based out of Orlando, Fla., under Meads International LLC, a joint venture of Lockheed, Lfk-Lenkflugkorpersysteme Gmbh of Germany and MBDA of Italy.

Janusz Sejmej, a spokesman for Poland’s Ministry of Defense, has failed to comment on a potential deal, while Lockheed cannot confirm the other countries who have expressed interest. After Raytheon, MBDA is the second-largest missile maker in the world.

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