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|Products||Warheads, Fuzes, Distance Sensors|
Number of employees
|Parent||MBDA Deutschland GmbH (formerly LFK GmbH)|
TDW (Gesellschaft für verteidigungstechnische Wirksysteme mbH) is the European leader in the development and manufacture of warheads for guided weapons. The company was founded in 1994 and has 130 employees based in Schrobenhausen, Germany. TDW is a 100% subsidiary of MBDA Deutschland GmbH and part of the European guided weapon company MBDA.
The history of what now is TDW began in the 1960s already at the site in Schrobenhausen where the company has been located ever since. The business started as part of Bölkow, later Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm (MBB) before it became DASA. TDW as an own legal entity was founded 1994 as a spin-off of DASA which continued to control the business as subsidiary. All missile activities of DASA and Dornier GmbH 1995 were consolidated into LFK-Lenkflugkörpersysteme GmbH which owned 100% of TDW. Together with LFK, TDW has been consolidated into EADS (now Airbus) which has sold LFK GmbH and its subsidiary TDW, to the European missile group MBDA in 2006. LFK GmbH has changed its company name to MBDA Deutschland GmbH in 2012. TDW was identified as one of few assets of "Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources" of the USA on foreign territory in a diplomatic cable leaked to WikiLeaks.
TDW has customers in France, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Turkey, the UK, and the USA. The product portfolio of TDW encompasses all sorts of conventional warheads. Blast/fragmentation and lethality-enhancer for air defence, penetrators for bunker-busting and anti-ship application, shaped-charges to defeat tanks and multi-effect-warheads to defeat several target categories. In 2013 a newly developed Mk82 warhead has been demonstrated with a novel scalable technology that is capable to adapt the explosive-effect to the level appropriate for the military target minimizing collateral damage. The Programmable Intelligent Multi Purpose Fuze (PIMPF) is a void sensing and layer counting fuze in service with the warheads of NSM and Taurus.
TDW products can be found in:
- MILAN 1, MILAN 2, MILAN 2T, MILAN 3
- HOT, HOT-2, HOT-3
- PARS 3 LR (formerly TRIGAT LR)
- Brimstone 2
- Sidewinder / RAM
- PAC-3 (lethality enhancer)
- CAMM (missile family)
- Wikileaks.org (Archive)