The German Defense Ministry is ready to finance the Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS), according to the latest edition of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung (F.A.S.). The Sunday newspaper reports that the interim budget approved by the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate on 21 March includes $380 million for MEADS, only slightly less than the $401 million contracted.
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The F.A.S. quotes the German Ministry of Defense as saying options will be developed in 2013 for using the results of the MEADS development program to build a future air defense architecture to replace the Patriot system, which has been in service with the Luftwaffe for over 30 years.
Germany plans to allocate 250 million euros (over $320 million) in its defense budget for 2014-2017 to MEADS development costs and is negotiating cooperation with Italy, which is already in the program, as well as Poland, Turkey and France, according to the F.A.S.