D-2 Battery qualifies on THAAD weapon system outside of US

29 November 2018 (Last Updated November 29th, 2018 10:43)

The US Army’s Delta Battery, 2nd Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Regiment of the 2-1 ADA Battalion, 35th ADA Brigade has for the first time qualified on the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) weapon system outside of the US.

D-2 Battery qualifies on THAAD weapon system outside of US
D-2 Battery commander captain Kate A. Theilacker provides the soldiers the mission brief prior to executing their THAAD gunnery certification. Credit: US Army.

The US Army’s Delta Battery, 2nd Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Regiment of the 2-1 ADA Battalion, 35th ADA Brigade has for the first time qualified on the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) weapon system outside of the US.

Since their deployment to the Republic of Korea, soldiers from the D-2 Battery have been providing constant protection to more than 51 million civilians.

The unit opened its office facilities at Camp Carroll to carry out THAAD-Patriot interoperability testing and solidify their storage combat load procedures.

The battery-level gunnery certifications were executed in October.

In order to attain the gunnery certification, the battery needed to maintain its ability in tracking and destroying tactical ballistic missile threats according to mission-qualified standards, offering full mission capability to the THAAD weapon system.

“Following the evaluation, the standardisation team provided soldiers with an after action review and out-brief to help them continue their training and mission performances.”

Featuring a wide, coveted range of surveillance, the sensor system enables the US Army unit to track further and more accurately than the Patriot radar sets.

Prior to the certification, the D-2 Battery completed strategic collective training on the weapon system.

Stages of evaluation included mission brief, written exam, administrative and maintenance readiness assessments, alert state assumption, and air battle management level XI in accordance with THAAD doctrine.

Following the evaluation, the standardisation team provided soldiers with an after action review and out-brief to help them continue their training and mission performances.

Capable of intercepting exo-atmospheric and endo-atmospheric threats, the missile system is an easily transportable defensive weapon used to protect against hostile threats such as tactical and theatre ballistic missiles at ranges of 200km and altitudes of up to 150km.