Lockheed Martin Delivers 100th THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) Interceptor 31007151

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Lockheed Martin Delivers 100th THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) Interceptor
Lockheed Martin delivered, on July 9, the 100th interceptor for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system. THAAD is a key element of the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) and is highly effective at protecting America’s military, allied forces, citizen population centers and critical infrastructure from short- and medium-range ballistic missile attacks.
Lockheed Martin Delivers 100th THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) Interceptor THAAD interceptor launched during a test conducted by Missile Defense Agency. Photo: MDA

“The 100th interceptor delivery is a tribute to the brilliant men and women who have devoted countless hours engineering, developing and manufacturing this amazing system over the years,” said Richard McDaniel, Lockheed Martin's vice president for the THAAD system. “As we reach this 100th interceptor, we are now entering a true production environment and are poised to increase volume, improve efficiency, reduce costs and meet surging demand from U.S. and international partners.”

THAAD interceptors utilize “hit-to-kill” kinetic energy technology to destroy missile threats in both the endo- and exo-atmosphere. The system is rapidly deployable, and also interoperable with other BMDS elements used across the globe, working in concert with Patriot and PAC-3, Aegis, forward-based sensors and the Command, Control, Battle Management and Communications (C2BMC) system.

The U.S. Army will activate five of seven programmed THAAD batteries by the end of 2015, and the system’s unique layered defense capability has resulted in a strong demand from international allies. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) was the first international partner to procure the THAAD system with a contract awarded in 2011.

THAAD operates in a unique battle space intercepting both endo- and exo-atmospheric short-to-intermediate range ballistic missiles. This ground-based missile defense system is rapidly deployable with high mobility, providing proven capability to Combatant Commanders world-wide. THAAD is an interoperable system with other BMDS elements and can accept cues from Aegis, satellites and other external sensors, as well as work in concert with the Patriot/PAC-3.

The THAAD (theatre high-altitude area defence) missile system is an easily transportable defensive weapon system to protect against hostile incoming threats such as tactical and theatre ballistic missiles at ranges of 200km and at altitudes up to 150km.


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