MEADS International Announces New Executives

ORLANDO/MUNICH/ROME, 12/14/2010 --


David Berganini has been named President of MEADS International (MI) by its Board of Directors. MI is the transatlantic joint venture developing the Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS), a next-generation, ground-mobile air and missile defense system that will replace Patriot.

Berganini has 23 years of systems engineering and program management experience, and was named Chief Engineer for MEADS International in 2007. In this role, he was responsible for Mission Success across all facets of the system/subsystem technical design and was the architect for the incremental Critical Design Review (CDR) that led to tri-national approval of the MEADS design in August 2010. He also led the industry team working with the NATO MEADS Management Agency (NAMEADSMA) to implement a low-risk optimized program for integration and test of the advanced air and missile defense system. Berganini was previously director of Systems Engineering at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, responsible for technical and personnel leadership and oversight of the Systems Engineering Department.

He succeeds Steve Barnoske, who led MI through successful completion of the CDR phase of the MEADS program. Barnoske guided the program team to successful tri-national approval of the MEADS system design and set in motion an organizational transition from design to integration and test efforts. He moves into a new leadership position in the Tactical Missiles line of business at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.

The Board of Directors also named Volker Weidemann as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, upon the retirement of Klaus Riedel in January. Weidemann has served MI for the past 5 years as director of System Engineering, Integration, and Test (SEIT) and was responsible for coordinating tri-national design efforts at six development locations. He was responsible for development and implementation of design requirements for the MEADS system and its six major end items. During his tenure, he led the technical team through the transition from design, including a successful Preliminary Design Review and Critical Design Review, to initial build and test efforts. Retired as an officer in the German air force, he has over 20 years of engineering management and air defense experience. He previously served as SEIT Deputy Director and has been associated with the MEADS program for over 12 years.

Weidemann's responsibilities as Director of System Engineering, Integration, and Test (SEIT) will pass to Norbert Wührer. For the past three years, Wührer has led the Launcher and Reloader integrated product team based at LFK in Germany. He has over 20 years of systems engineering expertise in air and missile defense technology, and has served as Project Manager for several Patriot efforts, including PAC-3 Missile integration and the German live firings at WSMR.

Riedel retires with extensive executive management experience on the MEADS program and will retain close ties to the program. He previously served as President of MI and Chairman of the MI Board of Directors.

Dr. Walter Stammler, Chairman of the MEADS International Board of Directors, said, "The board appreciates the leadership that Steve and Klaus have brought to the successful MEADS design effort and development of our first major end items. We now look to Dave and Volker to ensure successful flight tests and completion of the Design and Development contract. MEADS International is proud that we will soon be delivering the mobile, interoperable, and affordable air and missile defense system jointly envisioned by Germany, Italy and the United States."


Under development by Germany, Italy and the United States, MEADS is a mobile system that will replace Patriot in the United States and Nike Hercules in Italy. It will replace Patriot and the retired Hawk system in Germany. The system is designed to permit full interoperability between the U.S. and allied forces, and it is the only medium-range air defense system to provide full 360-degree coverage.

MEADS will meet challenging new requirements not addressed by any previous or planned Air and Missile Defense system. 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. It also provides an open architecture for 21st century air and missile defense system-of-system integration capabilities that allow operational mission-tailoring. MEADS is designed to provide greater firepower with less manpower than current systems, producing dramatic operation and support cost savings.

MEADS International, a multinational joint venture headquartered in Orlando, FL, is the prime contractor for the $4.2B MEADS development program. Major subcontractors and joint venture partners are MBDA in Italy, LFK in Germany and Lockheed Martin in the United States. Today, 1800 employees from these companies are completing development of MEADS, which is closely watched as a model program 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.