The US Missile Defence Agency (MDA) has completed an integrated flight test of the terminal high-altitude area defence (THAAD) radar weapon system at the Pacific Missile Range Facility at Kauai, Hawaii, US.
A THAAD interceptor missile successfully intercepted a medium-range target (MRT) launched from a C-17 cargo aircraft and a short-range target (SRT) launched from a mobile platform.
During the flight test, the space tracking and surveillance system (STSS) demonstration satellites’ sensors tracked two different missile targets, displaying the system’s precision, real-time missile-tracking capability.
Northrop Grumman’s Aerospace Systems missile defence and warning vice-president Doug Young said that the STSS satellitesdemonstrated hard-body detection and post-boost-phase tracking capabilities.
The STSS sensors tracked and delivered missile target data to the US MDA’s command, control, battle management and communications system.