MEADS International Names Steven Barnoske as Next President

ORLANDO/MUNICH/ROME, 04/06/2009 --

The MEADS International Board of Directors has announced that Steven Barnoske will become president of MEADS International, the international joint venture that is developing the next generation of ground-mobile air and missile defense systems for the U.S., Germany and Italy. Barnoske succeeds Jim Cravens, who retires from Lockheed Martin after five years as president of MEADS International.

MEADS is the 21st century replacement for Patriot air and missile defense systems in the United States and Germany, and for the Nike Hercules system in Italy.

Barnoske has directed tactical missiles programs at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control since 2005. He also served as director of the Joint Common Missile program, where he was responsible for all development activities, including the missile, launchers and platform integration. He served earlier as tactical missiles technical director and held diversified technical management positions on several tactical missile development and production, including Hellfire and Javelin. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and a Master of Science degree in Engineering from the University of Central Florida.

Cravens guided the MEADS program through a successful system prototype demonstration in Italy in 2004, a successful System Requirements Review in 2005 and the successful Preliminary Design Review in 2007. He is also credited with initiating a successful Critical Design Review event series that positions the MEADS program for a comprehensive integration and test phase. He will retain close ties to the program.

"Throughout his career, Jim Cravens has demonstrated a commitment to improving air and missile defense and to successful development of the next-generation MEADS system," said Dr. Walter Stammler, Chairman of the MEADS Board of Directors. "We thank him for his leadership throughout the Design and Development program and wish him well as he retires."

MEADS is a mobile Air and Missile Defense System that will incorporate the hit-to-kill PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) Missile in a system that includes 360-degree surveillance and fire control sensors, netted-distributed battle management/communication centers and high-firepower launchers. The system will combine superior battlefield protection with extensive flexibility, allowing it to protect maneuver forces and critical assets against tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles and aircraft.

MEADS will provide capabilities beyond any other fielded or planned air and missile defense system. It will be easily deployed to a theater of operations and once there, will keep pace with fast-moving maneuver forces. MEADS will provide an open architecture for 21st century air and missile defense system-of-system integration capabilities that allow operational mission-tailoring. MEADS will also provide greater firepower with less manpower than current systems, producing dramatic operation and support cost savings.

A multinational joint venture headquartered in Orlando, FL, MEADS International's participating companies are MBDA in Italy, LFK in Germany and Lockheed Martin in the United States. Today, 1800 employees from these companies are completing final engineering designs for MEADS program, which is closely watched as a model for collaborative transatlantic development.

The United States funds 58 percent of the MEADS program, and European partners Germany and Italy provide 25 percent and 17 percent respectively as partners in the NATO Medium Extended Air Defense System Management Organization (NAMEADSMO). Its program management agency NAMEADSMA is located in Huntsville, AL.