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Terminal High Altitude Area Defense Radar Successful In Second Integrated Test

File image of previous successful THAAD test. Raytheon's THAAD radar is a phased array, capable of search, threat detection, classification, discrimination and precision tracking at extremely long ranges.
by Staff Writers
Tewksbury MA (SPX) Apr 10, 2007
The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) radar built by Raytheon performed successfully in the second integrated flight test conducted by the Missile Defense Agency at the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Hawaii April 5.

The test resulted in the successful intercept of a "mid-endoatmospheric" (inside Earth's atmosphere) unitary (non-separating) target over the Pacific Ocean and demonstrated fully integrated radar, launcher, fire control, missile and engagement functions of the THAAD weapon system.

"In this second critical flight test at Pacific Missile Range Facility, Raytheon's THAAD components continued to demonstrate flawless performance," said Pete Franklin, vice president, National and Theater Security Programs, Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems (IDS). "We are pleased to be playing a key role in providing an effective and affordable terminal missile defense capability for our warfighters."

The THAAD radar, a key component of missile defense capability developed by Raytheon IDS, achieved all test objectives: acquiring the target, discriminating the lethal object from other debris, providing track and discrimination data to the fire control and communicating with the in-flight THAAD interceptor.

The fire control software, jointly developed by Raytheon and Lockheed Martin, also performed successfully, engaging the target and initializing the launch sequence. Lockheed Martin is the THAAD prime contractor and system integrator.

Raytheon's THAAD radar is a phased array, capable of search, threat detection, classification, discrimination and precision tracking at extremely long ranges.

THAAD is a key element of the Missile Defense Agency's Ballistic Missile Defense System, providing deployable ground-based missile defense components to any combatant commander that deepen, extend and complement the system to defeat ballistic missiles of short-to-intermediate range.

THAAD's combination of high-altitude, long-range capability and hit-to-kill lethality enables it to effectively negate the effects of weapons of mass destruction over a wide area.

Integrated Defense Systems is Raytheon's leader in Joint Battlespace Integration providing affordable, integrated solutions to a broad international and domestic customer base, including the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, the U.S. Armed Forces and the Department of Homeland Security.

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THAAD Goes Another ABM Test
Kauai HI (SPX) Apr 09, 2007
The U.S. Missile Defense Agency and Lockheed Martin conducted another successful flight test of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) weapon system, intercepting a unitary target in THAAD's second flight test at the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) on Kauai, HI. This hit-to-kill intercept demonstrated THAAD's precision against in-bound threats and its ability to provide increased protection for troops and assets.

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