Lockheed Martin to supply more THAAD air defense systems to US Missile Defense Agency
The U.S. Department of Defense on April 27 announced that Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Dallas, Texas, is being awarded a $180,361,391 modification to a previously-awarded contract (HQ0147-17-C-0032) for the production of Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) Interceptors and associated one-shot devices to support the U.S. government.
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A THAAD interceptor is launched from the Reagan Test Site, Kwajalein Atoll in the Republic of the Marshall Islands, during Flight Test THAAD-23 (Picture source: Missile Defense Agency)
The THAAD Interceptors and associated one-shot devices will be procured under fixed-price incentive (firm target) contract line items. The value of this contract is increased from $8,141,500,094 to $8,321,861,484. The work will be performed in Dallas, Texas; Sunnyvale, California; Huntsville, Alabama; Camden, Arkansas; and Troy, Alabama, with an expected completion date of March 1, 2028. Fiscal 2023 U.S. government procurement funds in the amount of $180,361,391 are being obligated at the time of award. The Missile Defense Agency, Huntsville, Alabama, is the contracting activity.
THAAD stands for Terminal High Altitude Area Defense. It is a missile defense system developed by the United States that is designed to intercept and destroy short-, medium-, and intermediate-range ballistic missiles in their terminal phase of flight, as they are descending toward their target.
The THAAD system consists of several components, including a radar system, launcher vehicles, interceptor missiles, and a command and control system. The radar system is used to detect and track incoming missiles, while the launcher vehicles are used to deploy the interceptor missiles.
The interceptor missiles are designed to destroy the incoming missiles by colliding with them in mid-air. The command and control system coordinates the entire THAAD system and provides the operators with real-time data about incoming threats.
THAAD has been deployed by the US military in several locations around the world, including South Korea, Guam, and Israel. The system has been used in several test intercepts and has proven to be effective in intercepting ballistic missiles.
Defense News April 2023