Germany, Italy not to pursue MEADS - German def min

BERLIN Wed Feb 16, 2011 8:15am EST

BERLIN Feb 16 (Reuters) - Germany and Italy will not pursue a multi-billion-dollar missile development programme known as MEADS in the foreseeable future, Germany's defence ministry said in a letter seen by Reuters on Wednesday.

On Monday, the United States said it would stop funding the MEADS project.

(Reporting by Sabine Seibold)