Second THAAD Battery Activated
(Source: Missile Defense Agency; issued Oct. 16, 2009)
The U.S. Army today activated its second Terminal High Altitude Area Defense battery during a ceremony at Fort Bliss, Texas. THAAD is a defensive weapon system developed by the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, a joint service organization within the Department of Defense.
The ceremony marked the activation of A Battery/2nd Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command. The battery’s equipment will consist of THAAD interceptors, launchers, a fire control and communications unit and radar. The commander of the new unit is Capt. Brendan McShea.
Col. Joseph DeAntona of 11th Air Defense Artillery “Imperial” Brigade and Col. Bill Lamb of the Missile Defense Agency officiated at the ceremony. Lamb is the THAAD project manager.
A Battery, 4th Regiment, is A-2 ADA’s sister unit and was the first THAAD unit in the U.S. Army. The unit was activated at Fort Bliss in May 2008 with a mission to strategically deploy conducting missile defense in support of geographic combatant commander’s priorities.
THAAD has undergone several years of rigorous testing, designed to push the system into increasingly stressful and operationally realistic scenarios. Since the current round of testing began, THAAD has intercepted every target it has flown against.
THAAD is the only defensive weapon that is specifically designed to destroy incoming ballistic missiles both inside and just outside the earth’s atmosphere. It provides protection to deployed troops around the world, as well as to other important assets and population centers against short to medium range ballistic missiles in the terminal, or final, phase of flight.
THAAD is an element of the layered, integrated Ballistic Missile Defense System designed to protect the United States, our allies and friends against all types of ballistic missiles in all phases of flight.
The prime contractor for the THAAD missile defense element is Lockheed Martin. (ends)
Second Battery of Lockheed Martin's THAAD Weapon System Activated at Fort Bliss
(Source: Lockheed Martin; issued Oct. 16, 2009)
EL PASO, Texas --- The U.S. Army and the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) activated the second Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) Battery today in a ceremony at Fort Bliss, Texas. The A-2 Battery consists of approximately 100 Soldiers in the 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, of the 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command. Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor and systems integrator for the THAAD Weapon System.
Today's activation signifies the continued integration of THAAD into the U.S. Army's Air and Missile Defense force structure. Unit training on the second THAAD Battery is underway with equipment hardware deliveries slated to occur within a year.
"Lockheed Martin is proud to be a part of this important THAAD weapon system milestone for the U.S. Army and the Missile Defense Agency," said Tom McGrath, Lockheed Martin's vice president and program manager for the THAAD system. "THAAD provides an upper tier overlay to the nation's currently deployed air and missile defense units that will greatly increase the quality of protection for our troops, allies and friends around the globe," McGrath said.
The first THAAD Battery, A-4, was activated at Ft. Bliss in May 2008. These soldiers are currently undergoing Field Exercise Training on the THAAD system and will be fully operational within a year.
The A-2 Battery is on schedule to receive THAAD interceptors, launchers, fire control units and a THAAD radar as part of the initial fielding.
A production contract for the first two fire units was awarded to Lockheed Martin in late 2006. The THAAD launcher and fire control and communications unit is produced at Lockheed Martin's manufacturing facility in Camden, AR. Interceptor production is conducted at Lockheed Martin's Pike County Facility in Troy, AL.
THAAD is the only land-based air and missile defense system with the operational flexibility to operate in both the endo- and exo-atmospheres. Since 2005 the program has conducted 11 successful flight tests including 6 for 6 successful intercepts of both unitary and separating targets. The last flight test, conducted in March 2009, was the first salvo mission, with two THAAD interceptors successfully launched against a single separating target. Additional testing is scheduled this year and will continue through 2011.
A key element of the nation's Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS), THAAD is a Missile Defense Agency program, with the program office located in Huntsville, AL. The agency is developing a BMDS to defend the United States, its deployed forces, friends and allies against ballistic missiles of all ranges and in all phases of flight.
Lockheed Martin is a world leader in systems integration and the development of air and missile defense systems and technologies, including the first operational hit-to-kill missile. It also has considerable experience in missile design and production, infrared seekers, command and control/battle management, and communications, precision pointing and tracking optics, as well as radar and signal processing. The company makes significant contributions to all major U.S. missile defense systems and participates in several global missile defense partnerships.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 140,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The corporation reported 2008 sales of $42.7 billion.