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Lockheed Martin announced on 10 October that it has delivered the 300th interceptor for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system – just 13 months after delivering the 200th.

THAAD is the only system in the world designed to intercept threats both inside and outside the atmosphere. A key element of the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS), it protects America’s military, allied forces, population centres and critical infrastructure from short and medium-range ballistic missile attacks. THAAD is proven, with 100% mission success in flight testing, is rapidly deployable, interoperable with other BMDS elements including the PAC-3 missile, AEGIS, forward based sensors and the Command, Control, Battle Management and Communications (C2BMC) system.

The US Army activated the seventh THAAD battery in December 2016 and the system is currently forward deployed with US troops in Guam and South Korea. The United Arab Emirates was the first international partner to procure THAAD, with a contract awarded in 2011.

A test launch of the THAAD interceptor, 300 of which have now been delivered. (Photo: Lockheed Martin)

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