Raytheon Technologies unit Collins Aerospace has delivered the 600th Thrust Vector Actuation System (TVA) for the US Army’s Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile system.
So far, the all-electric TVA has successfully guided 100% of the live-fire intercepts completed for the THAAD weapon system.
According to Collins Aerospace, TVA demonstrates the capabilities required for future missile systems.
For more than four decades, the company has leveraged its expertise in the design and manufacture of ‘high-performing and precise missile actuation’.
Built by prime contractor Lockheed Martin, THAAD is a land-based weapon of the US Missile Defense Agency’s (MDA) missile defence system. It can be easily transported.
It is designed to protect deployed US and allied forces from incoming tactical and threat ballistic missiles travelling within and outside of the Earth’s atmosphere at ranges of 200km and altitudes of up to 150km.
In August 2019, US MDA and the US Army conducted a remote launcher test of the THAAD system.
Collins Aerospace ISR and Space Solutions vice-president and general manager Kevin Raftery said: “The TVA plays a substantial role in the flight power and steering direction of the missile, these are critical elements to current and future systems, especially as we see environments becoming more complex to navigate.
“Our extensive experience in missile actuation is a key differentiator for current and future platforms.”
In March 2019, the US European Command (EUCOM) announced the deployment of a THAAD system to Israel as part of a month-long joint exercise.