Lockheed delivers 300th interceptor for THAAD missile defence system

11 October 2018 (Last Updated October 11th, 2018 14:33)

Lockheed Martin has completed the delivery of the 300th interceptor for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-ballistic missile defence system (BMDS).

Lockheed delivers 300th interceptor for THAAD missile defence system
A THAAD interceptor launched during an intercept test. Credit: The US Army Ralph Scott/Missile Defense Agency/US Department of Defense.

Lockheed Martin has completed the delivery of the 300th interceptor for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-ballistic missile defence system (BMDS).

Designed to intercept threats both inside and outside the atmosphere, the high-altitude area defence weapon system has been built to protect the US military, allied forces, citizen population centres and critical infrastructure from both short and medium-range ballistic missile attacks.

Lockheed Martin THAAD System vice-president Richard McDaniel said: “The Missile Defense Agency, industry and Lockheed Martin team of men and women who engineer and produce the THAAD interceptor have remained steadfast in their commitment to excellence as global demand for this system has grown year after year.

“The 300th interceptor delivery is a reflection of that dedication and our continued focus on providing high-quality, reliable system capabilities to maintain overmatch against our adversaries.”

“The 300th interceptor delivery is a reflection of that dedication and our continued focus on providing high-quality, reliable system capabilities to maintain overmatch against our adversaries.”

With complete mission success in flight testing, the THAAD weapon system is capable of being rapidly deployable and interoperable with other BMDS solutions, including the Patriot Advanced Capability – 3 (PAC-3) missile, the Aegis combat system, forward based sensors and the command, control, battle management and communications (C2BMC) system.

In December 2016, the US Army activated the seventh THAAD battery and the missile defence system is currently forward deployed with the US troops in Guam and South Korea.

Lockheed Martin delivered the 200th system in September last year.

Through a contract awarded in 2011, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) became the first international partner to acquire the THAAD interceptor.

The THAAD terminal (formerly 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 altitudes of up to 150km.