Next Battery Up: Third THAAD Battery Deploys to Guam as Sister Unit Returns Home
Soldiers from a highly advanced missile defense unit return home this week following a yearlong deployment in Guam, the U.S. Army announced. The unit, known as the Alpha Battery, 2nd Air Defense Artillery Regiment, was the second to deploy with the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system to protect soldiers, citizens and infrastructure against incoming missile threats from adversaries in the region.
As the unit returns home, soldiers from the unit Delta Battery, 2nd Air Defense Artillery Regiment, transitioned in Guam to maintain the critical missile defense mission in the area.
The transition marks the third consecutive year of THAAD unit deployments to Guam. The first THAAD unit was sent to Guam in April 2013 in response to threats against the United States and its Pacific allies.
|Returning Home: Alpha Battery, 2nd Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade (Alpha-2)||Deploying to Guam: Delta Battery, 2nd Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade (Delta-2)|
We are deeply grateful to these brave soldiers and their families who make great sacrifice to defend our nation and partners from aggressive missile attacks,” said Richard McDaniel, Lockheed Martin’s vice president of the THAAD program. “It’s with great pride that we welcome the soldiers of Alpha-2 home and wish the men and women of Delta-2 well as they begin their critical mission protecting soldiers and citizens in the Western Pacific.”
THAAD is a key element of the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) and has a unique capability to destroy threats in both the endo- and exo-atmosphere by striking incoming missiles with direct impact, known as “hit-to-kill” technology.
The system is designed to counter mass raids and is rapidly deployable to provide commanders with greater flexibility to adapt to changing threats. It’s also interoperable with other BMDS elements used across the globe, working in concert with Patriot and PAC-3, Aegis, forward based sensors and the Command, Control, Battle Management and Communications (C2BMC) system.
—Richard McDaniel, Lockheed Martin’s vice president of the THAAD program
The U.S. Army has activated four of seven programmed THAAD batteries. Battery 5 is scheduled for activation in 2015, and Batteries 6 and 7 are currently under contract.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) was the first international partner to procure the THAAD system with a contract awarded in December 2011, and THAAD’s unique layered defense capability has resulted in a strong demand for the system the Middle East, Asia Pacific, and Europe.
March 9, 2015