Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD)
has been tested. The test was jointly conducted by U.S. Missile
Defense Agency, Ballistic Missile Defense System Operational Test Agency and U.S. Army
soldiers of the E-62 Battery, 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade. During the test a THAAD system located at
U.S. Army Garrison Kwajalein Atoll in the Republic of the Marshall Islands was used. The THAAD system was able to detect, track
and interpret the dummy target. This was the 16th successful intercept in
16 attempts for the THAAD system since 2005. In this video Defense Updates analyzes successfully
interception of missile by Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD)
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States Army anti-ballistic missile system, which is designed to shoot down short, medium,
and intermediate range ballistic missiles in their terminal phase. The THAAD system is being designed, built,
and integrated by Lockheed Martin Space Systems acting as prime contractor. Key subcontractors include Raytheon, Boeing,
Aerojet, Honeywell, and BAE Systems to name a few. THAAD is strictly a ballistic missile defense
system and is not designed for general air defense duties like defense against aircraft. It is considered to be one of the best when
it comes to ballistic missile defense system having been designed from grounds up for this
purpose. THAAD is engineered to defend against ballistic
missiles in challenging scenarios like even if the rival launches a barrage of missile
and simultaneous interception of multiple missile is required. The system is quick to deploy and mobile,
which makes it a very flexible weapon. An important aspect is that it compatible
with other systems like Patriot PAC-3 and is designed to integrate into the Ballistic
Missile Defense System (BMDS) of the U.S military. The THAAD missile is manufactured at a Lockheed
Martin facility near Troy, Alabama. The facility performs final integration, assembly
and testing of the THAAD missile. THAAD system consists mainly of 3 components-
radar, battle manager and missile launch battery. The THAAD missiles are guided by the Raytheon
Systems AN/TPY-2 ground-based radar (GBR). It is developed and built by Raytheon at its
Andover, Massachusetts Integrated Air Defense Facility. THAAD can also be cued by military satellites
such as Brilliant Eyes. The AN/TPY-2 Surveillance Transportable Radar,
also called the Forward Based X-Band Transportable (FBX-T) is a long-range, very high-altitude
active electronically scanned array surveillance radar. It possess a range of 2,900 miles or 4,700
km. It has two modes – one to detect ballistic
missiles as they rise, and another that can guide interceptors toward a descending warhead. Since the radar uses X-band frequency and
narrow beam widths it is good at isolating smaller objects, such as a warhead vs. space
debris. The radar passes information related to the
threat such as speed and trajectory to the Battle Manager. The Battle Manager is basically the brain
fo the system and it extrapolates the information received by it predict the path of the incoming
missile and directs interceptors against it. The interceptor missile is around 6 m in length
and is equipped with a single stage solid fuel rocket motor with thrust vectoring. The missile has a speed of 8.24 Mach or 2.8
km/s. The guidance system is Indium antimonide Imaging,
coupled with Infra-Red Seeker Head. It has an operational range of 200 km or around
125 miles and a flight altitude of 150 km or 93 miles
The missile has no explosives and uses ‘Hit to Kill’ approach. It has a Kinetic Kill Vehicle to knock out
incoming missiles. A THAAD battery can include up to 9 transporter-erector-launchers, each carrying 8 interceptors for immediate launch. There are supporting equipment which includes
storage and reloading systems that will enable refill of interceptors when the first batch
is used up. The test was planned in such a way that it
replicates a battlefield situation as closely as possible. Soldiers from the E-62 Battery conducted radar
operations, launcher and fire control operations using the same procedure they would use during
combat. Simulating a real-world scenario, soldiers
were unaware of the target-launch timing. The AN/TPY-2 radar of THAAD detected, acquired
and tracked the target. The THAAD system then calculated the course
of the incoming projectile and launched the interceptor. The interceptor missile was able to destroy
the target. The important aspect is that THAAD is now
a fully distributed system, that is – the radar , battle manager and the THAAD launcher
are physically present in different location. This is the first time THAAD was tested in
this mode. Richard McDaniel, vice president of Upper
Tier Integrated Air and Missile Defense Systems at Lockheed Martin said
“The enhanced THAAD system performed flawlessly in today’s test, and we are proud to support
the Missile Defense Agency and U.S. Army as they continue to demonstrate the system’s
unmatched capabilities.This successful test paves the way for delivery of an urgent need
capability that will enhance THAAD’s emplacement options resulting in greater asset protection.” Said MDA Director Vice Adm. Jon A. Hill said,
“The Missile Defense Agency is committed to supporting the warfighter and we are proud
of this success and the U.S. Army soldiers who executed this flight test. This test demonstrates the expanding capabilities
of the THAAD weapon system and its ability to intercept and destroy ballistic missile
threats in defense of our nation, deployed forces and allies.” While initial indications show the test met
its primary objective, program officials will continue to evaluate system performance based
upon telemetry and other data obtained during the test. THAAD is a key element of the U.S Ballistic
Missile Defense umbrella. Recently THAAD was deployed to Israel as part
of Dynamic Force Employment exercise. The Dynamic Force Employment exercise is designed
to evaluate the logistic & technical challenges of transporting a system like THAAD to Israel,
setting it up and integrating it with air defenses of Israel Defense Force’s (IDF) U.S. military’s latest Missile Defense Review,
which was published by Pentagon in January 2019 has a mention of THAAD and called for
enhancement in cooperation with regional allies, such as Israel. The Missile Defense review stated,
“One of Iran’s primary tools of coercion and force projection is its missile arsenal,
which is characterized by increasing numbers, as well as increases in accuracy, range, and
lethality.” The Missile Defense Review noted further,
“The United States will sustain its strong missile defense partnership with Israel, underpinned
by a new U.S.-Israel Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). Taking advantage of various opportunities
to conduct bilateral exercises …, the United States and Israel continue to improve their
capability to cooperate operationally to address offensive missile threats in the region.” Israel has lot of experience with air defense
and the U.S could use those to enhance the THAAD. Like all systems, THAAD is not full proof. The vulnerability and lethality analyses of
the THAAD have been conducted by the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL). The vulnerability assessment for the THAAD
featured an evaluation of the effects of major electromagnetic elements. This included EM interference, EM radiation
operations, EM radiation hazards, EM pulse, electrostatic discharge, and lightning effects
on components of the THAAD system. Though the reports are classified, it is safe
to assume that THAAD will see continued enhancements to improve its capabilities. Lockheed is pushing for funding for the development
of an extended-range (ER) version of the THAAD to counter maturing threats posed by hypersonic
glide vehicles that adversaries may deploy, namely the Chinese WU-14, to penetrate the
gap between low- and high-altitude missile defenses.


  1. I am not very familiar with air defence systems. Isn't it cheaper to adapt the aegis to land based operation. With an erector launcher with SM3 and SM6 missiles. Economically it makes more sense, economy of scale, now each service is building a system of their own.

  2. And it did not BLOW up on the ground killing it`s builders like some other third-rate countries i dont care to mention.

  3. Wait till the US really starts to ramp up laser defense testing. Gonna be alot of pissed off soviet trolls in here 😎🤭😂

  4. US progress in anti-balistic systems is impressive, by 2030 US probably can be able to intercept 90% nuclear arsenal from Russia. New Aegis SM-3 missiles can intercept ICBM even now, but this technology need a little bit progress.
    Yea, Russia can create hypersonic gliders, but those gliders have big sizes like 6 common warheads…So Russia can create maybe few dozens of hypersonic warheads, no more. Because if you want more gliders you need more missiles…you need build new silos…You need a huge budget. So US winning this race quiet

  5. Why is the English on the copy for this so bad and full of ESL-style errors? Ugh.

    Wait, I just figured it out. Defense updates is shadow-run by the PRC's government. They script these "Defense Updates" videos according to what military knowledge the People's Republic of China has about current US defense technology. This is the reason the English is so screwed up.

  6. I remember when the Turkish president said that s-300 and s-400 we're better then thaad and squad of f-35i went through Syria and Iraq and that were protected bye those missile systems and Russia said as well as turkey that nothing could penetrate nor any fifth generation fighter and an f-35i did

  7. It will be such a greate event if it intercepted hypersonic missiles because the enemy's weapons are hypersonic missiles.

  8. Oh look! It did what its name said it would do. Isn't that just amazing? And this voice in the video said it did exactly that 16 times!

  9. Good to see that us is now matching russia in terms of missile defense though we shouldn't underestimate russia but i m very much hopeful us will exceed russia in missile defence capability

  10. Hey the 🇺🇸 needs to focus on sound frequency tech to jam guided missiles aimed at us or our allies, once detected a fighter jet or ship can shoot the fruequncy locked on to the jet or missile to literally shut it off and now fighter jets and missile duds are falling out of the sky and American air superiority will solidify

  11. Americans i can’t believe you’re happy if u.s. government burns billions of yours dollars in missiles that no one need. I understand american pride but this seems a big, colossal money waste.

  12. So THAAD even managed to "interpret" the dummy target not only "intercept". Wow that's next level technology right there 🙏🙏🙏

  13. If i had money id buy one lol, make me Canada's prime minister and ill order 200 f35s, let the US put whatever pipeline in, ill take 30 thaad, 200 patriot, 100 f15s, 3000 tanks, 50 000 m4s with trijicons, 1 billion round of xm855a1 and m193, ill take as much as i can. Mr.Trump can put aegis missile defense system wherever, some trident 3 silos, Ohio class slbms in the east, west and north. Ill sign right now. Ill take a few destroyers, ill take drones, everything.

  14. 16 out of 16 that's 100% for THAAD nice, while the Russians doing the same thing seem to shoot them seifs down half the time:)

  15. couldn't help but tout that Iran falsehood. No agreement says they mustn't make them. Israel and America both attacked Iran. Secondly the US taxpayer is funding even BETTER defense systems (plural) of Israelis.

  16. Hey Putin, you little lying snake-like scumbag! What lies will you tell us now? Are you gonna use RT and manipulate news as you normally do in Russia?? .I.

  17. When was the last time you saw an s/400 s/500 missile test with actual interception footage, I'll wait…
    We only hear about specs with no proof


  19. Trump has been heard asking if his pal Vlad could have some of these because he wants his BFF to have what he has. He's a Sharing typo-guy…

  20. It's already a defeated system, since it tracks launches, calculates the re-entry angle, but if the enemies orbit vehicle (war head) sets in a dormant lower orbit for a delayed re-entry, thaad loses track and is off location when the delayed orbit vehicle fires and re-enters at a different location. For every weapon, even a hillbilly like me can figure out a way to defeat it.

  21. What I want to know about is the stuff they never ever talk about! Who knows what the USA has orbiting in space or on one of our F35 fighters. This is good though.

  22. THAAD is good but not best. It cant intercept hypersonic missiles flying over it. A tested missile is known to THAAD operator. But enemy ICBM has got decoy sensors, jamming electronic devices, and multiple missiles making hard for THAAD to intercept. A small error means big disaster.

  23. US and soviets do not export their line weapons, just dumbed down models one or two generations less. For real world testing.

  24. People here seem to have totally forgotten how the economy is a key factor in everything. China, Russia, India, and many others countries are sick of u.s because they are imposing sanctions here and there at they will, but this is slow but steadly changing, you may ask how, well the u.s power is just the dollar, make it useless and they will go to the garbage. The aforementioned countries are in the process to overthrown the dollar supremacy, furthermore those countries are now doing bussiness in their own currencies replacing the dollar so by 2030 the u.s will no longer be the superpower. They are doomed because they have broken any international laws, looted nations with impunity, killed innocent women and kids.

  25. People get all excited about USA tech being better than Russian tech and Russian tech catching and surpassing the USA and USA tech then catching and surpassing Russian tech etc, etc. It won't be so exciting when it ends with the destruction of us all.

  26. America needs to Continue it's dominance of war systems or China or Russia will fuck this world, America also needs to help and keep its allies so this world would turn bad quick, Australia is very afraid of what China is doing in our area loaning ludicrous amounts of money to small Pacific nations and building massive ports they do not need, when these small nations can not pay back Thier loan China will move in take over these ports and other structures and use them to expand Thier territories as they are already doing in the conflicted South China seas, they seem to think they can take or just pay for what they want, but bribe everyone along the way, China is going to become a very scary threat. And I'm worried for Australia as we have been the dominant nation in this area for a long time, now China has come along and done some pretty illegal stuff.

  27. Not nearly good enough. It calculates trajectory of incoming and has a hit to kill strategy. Both are inadequate. It has to be able to track enemy targets that change course and detonate a small nuclear warhead in its oncoming path. Ground basing is also a poor choice. Large numbers should be in orbit able to detect and destroy enemy missiles in their boost phase when they are far more vulnerable and there are multiple opportunities to destroy them. High power lasers should also be deployed in orbit.

  28. This test has been carried out by a target that is on a free fall if not by parachutes. Therefore it does not depict or simulate the case with the Russian missiles to attack at tremendous speed from the atmosphere. US may presume to have accomplished the test. But this would make Russians laugh even crack up 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

  29. US test 2 missiles works flawlessly. Russia test it's missile it explodes kills 5 scientist and spreads radiation everywhere. Putin cries about it.

  30. If lockheed have built "thaad" for the U.S. they no doubt have shared it's weaknesses with U.S. adversaries.bad luck U.S.
    Those who own lockheed only mean business, loyalty is not at all any issue.

  31. about f 35 that everyone praises so much. I remember how the ancient S 200 shot down it in Syria and then Israel excused that it was a bird. They really refused to show the plane hit by the “Bird”. If the bird shot down, they would have shown the plane. It's not military secret.

  32. And what about F 35 over Iraq. Which flew by unnoticed and were not noticed then:

    Information on the reconnaissance flight of Israeli F-35 fighters to Iran through the airspace of Syria and Iraq is fake. This is convinced not only by Russian official structures, but also by leading military experts. One of them – Alexei Leonkov – directly calls this publication an outright lie.
    He noted that the source itself is not reliable enough. In his opinion, this stuffing was made in order to disrupt the deal between Russia and Turkey on the sale of S-400. It is the “four hundredth” complexes that now control the airspace of Syria.

  33. You can cry. You can deny. But Russia is far ahead in terms of military weapons and the introduction of small to large military-technical operations. What can be said about other areas. The United States has the most powerful economy and propaganda (Hollywood) in the world. The best medicine in Israel. The most favorable country for living is Norway. These are the facts guys. Humble yourself.

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