THAAD system

The US Missile Defense Agency (mda) has taken delivery of the eighth Army Navy/Transportable Radar Surveillance-2 (AN/TPY-2) radar system from Raytheon in support of US forces.

It will function as fire control radar in terminal mode to provide surveillance, track, discrimination and fire-control support for the US Army’s Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) integrated weapon system.

Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems business global integrated sensors vice-president Dave Gulla said the delivery helped address increasing demand for radars that can safeguard the US and its allies against an estimated 5,500 ballistic missiles that are not controlled by the US, NATO, Russia or China.

"The AN/TPY-2 has proven itself an indispensable component of our nation’s ballistic missile defense and has performed flawlessly in every test to date against every category of ballistic missile, and in raid scenarios," Gulla added.

An integral element of the US Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS), the AN/TPY-2 is a high-resolution, X-band phased array radar designed for long-range acquisition, precision tracking and discrimination of all ballistic missiles, from short-range to intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) during the ascent phase of flight.

"We are investing in solutions for next-generation manpacks and vehicular wideband radios using this same commercially oriented business model."

When deployed in a forward-based mode, the mobile radar is capable of detecting a ballistic missile close to the country of origin, and provides data to the command and control battle management communications (C2BMC) element for destruction, if deemed hostile.

The forward-based AN/TPY-2 radars are currently defending the US deployed troops and allies against ballistic missile attacks in Japan, Israel and Turkey.

Equipped with launchers, missiles, battle management/command, control, communications and intelligence (BMC3I) units and radars, the THAAD missile system has been designed to intercept and destroy a wide range of short, medium and intermediate ballistic missiles.

Image: The Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense weapon system of the US Army. Photo: file image.

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