PressTV-US approves key step toward German missile deal

The US government has allowed Lockheed Martin Corp., a major American weapons manufacturer, to integrate its Patriot PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) missile into a next-generation German missile defense system, the Pentagon spokesman says.

The decision announced by US Air Force Col. Mike Andrews Friday is seen as a major step toward completion of a long-delayed multibillion-dollar arms sale.

In 2015, Germany chose the Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) manufactured by Lockheed and European missile maker MBDA over Patriot air and missile defense system developed by Raytheon, another major US defense corporation.

However, Berlin has, so far, been unable to move forward on its new defensive system known as TLVS because Lockheed needed approval for Patriot PAC-3 MSE missile’ integration into German program since the missile was developed separately from MEADS.

The Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) is pictured during a…

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