United Arab Emirares armed forces will be equipped with the new THAAD air defense system 0806122


Defense News - United Arab Emirates

Friday, June 8, 2012, 06:44 AM
United Arab Emirates armed forces will be equipped with the new THAAD air defense system.
The Missile Defense Agency is announcing the award of a sole-source letter contract to Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. (LMSSC), Sunnyvale, Calif., as an undefinitized contract action (UCA) at a total not-to-exceed price of $2,023,590,000. This award is made under the existing Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) production contract HQ0147-07-C-0196.

Under this contract, LMSSC will supply a minimum of 42 THAAD interceptors, Lots 3 and 4. The contract for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), which must still be finalized with the company, runs through to July 31, 2018, according to the Defense Department.

The United States government intends to combine this procurement with the Foreign Military Sales for the United Arab Emirates procurement of 96 interceptors, previously synopsized as an UCA under basic ordering agreement HQ0147-12-G-9000, in order to gain synergy cost savings.

This UCA covers the combined procurement of a minimum of 138 interceptors.

The THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) 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.