steep from Bonn is Ready for Launch of New Air Defence System (TLVS)

Participation in the German Armed Forces’ most important air defence system for the next 20 years

Bonn/Schrobenhausen. Waiting for take-off: The federal budget will be discussed in Berlin in the coming weeks. Among other things, the German Bundestag will decide whether the new “Tactical Air Defence System” (TLVS) should be purchased as a protective shield against airborne threats. What is special about this high-tech project for the German Armed Forces is the participation of over 80 medium-sized companies, more than half of them from Germany. In North Rhine-Westphalia, steep GmbH is waiting for green light from the federal capital. The company contributes expertise from Bonn to the major project, which runs as a joint venture between MBDA Germany and Lockheed Martin from the USA. The special expertise of the medium-sized Rhineland company: ensuring the electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) of the technologies used.

“We are proud of this and hope to make an important contribution to the modernisation of NATO’s defence capabilities and thus to the protection of our soldiers, but also of the civilian population,” says Stefan Ohlmann, Sales Manager of the Defence Division at steep. “The participation in the TLVS project is an important component for our corporate success”. With the award of the contract, further capacities in the field of EMC service would be provided, says the head of the company. “The contract is also an opportunity to present ourselves to international partners as an expert in the field of EMC and to expand our know-how”. Also and especially in times of Corona an important factor.

“We are very glad to have steep on board as a competent partner with a lot of expertise in its field,” explains Thomas Gottschild, Managing Director of MBDA Deutschland GmbH. “The strength of TLVS is the more than 80 medium-sized subcontractors in various regions. At peak times, more than 6,000 highly qualified employees will benefit from the realisation of TLVS – the majority in Germany,” says Gottschild.

The protective screen TLVS is designed to ward off airborne threats, for example from missiles, fighter planes, helicopters, drones and cruise missiles. Current defence systems are already reaching their performance limits today and will have to be replaced within the next ten years.

steep’s particular expertise for this project lies in the area of electromagnetic compatibility (EMC). The Bonn-based company is responsible for ensuring that the highly complex electronics installed in the TLVS do not interfere with each other. Special EMC engineering with extensive EMC conformity tests ensure that electromagnetic fields do not interfere with the function of other devices or even render them ineffective.

About steep GmbH

Founded in 1961 under the name “Elektronik- und Luftfahrtgeräte GmbH” with seven employees, steep GmbH is now an international service provider with more than 30 locations and around 800 employees in Germany and Europe. steep reflects the essence of the service portfolio and is composed of s for service, t for training, e for engineering, e for energy and p for products. With the operation of its accredited EMC centres in Bonn and Ottobrunn, the company has established a firm place for itself in the business field of electromagnetic compatibility.

About MBDA

MBDA designs and manufactures missiles and missile systems to meet the present and future requirements of all branches of the Armed Forces (Air Force, Army and Navy). With operations in five European countries (France, UK, Italy, Germany and Spain) and the United States, MBDA has a turnover of €3.7 billion in 2019 and an outstanding order book of €17.5 billion. With more than 90 military customers around the world, MBDA is a world leader in missile and missile systems. In total, MBDA offers 45 missile systems and countermeasure products already in operational service. A further 15 are under development. MBDA is a joint venture between Airbus (37.5%), BAE Systems (37.5%) and Leonardo (25%).

About Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin, based in Bethesda, Maryland, is a global security and aviation company. It employs approximately 110,000 people worldwide and is primarily engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and maintenance of advanced technology systems, products and services.

Contact for Media

steep GmbH: Ralf Krüger Ɩ Phone +49 (0) 228 6681 533 Ɩ E-mail:

MBDA Deutschland GmbH: Günter Abel Ɩ Mobile +49 (0) 160 / 369 3037 Ɩ Phone +49 82 52 99 3827 Ɩ E-mail:

Lockheed Martin: Julian Wörner | Mobile +49 (0) 160 93 585 089 | Tel. +49 (0) 30 209 137 60| E

SKM Consultants GmbH: Jörg Nielsen Ɩ Mobile +49 (0) 170 / 54 67 015 Ɩ Tel. +49 0211 / 55 79 45 15 Ɩ E-mail:


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