Going Head-to-Head: The Technology Behind Missile Defense

Going Head-to-Head: The Technology Behind Missile Defense
October 11, 2021

October 12, 2021

Lockheed Martin’s Integrated Air and Missile Defense systems leverage Hit-To-Kill technology to defend the U.S. and allies against 21st Century threats.

“Hit-To-Kill” refers to how defensive missiles intercept incoming missile threats and collide with them in body-to-body impact. Unlike other defense mechanisms, Hit-To-Kill destroys targets with direct impact, taking out the threat and enhancing reliability to those on the ground.

This kind of technology is behind the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) Weapon System and PAC-3® family of missiles.

Lockheed Martin celebrated the 600th THAAD interceptor delivery on Aug. 31, 2021, marking a significant milestone in a program with a proud legacy of supporting defense needs for the United States and its allies.

As the world leader in systems integration and proven Hit-to-Kill technology, we’ve fielded and successfully integrated multiple sensors and shooters with advanced command and control. Hit-To-Kill technology is just one Lockheed Martin capability that allows our servicemen and women to confidently focus their attention where it’s needed the most.

About THAAD: The only U.S. system designed to intercept threats both outside and inside the atmosphere, THAAD uses Hit-to-Kill technology to execute its aim-point accuracy, defending against short, medium and intermediate-range ballistic missiles.

About PAC-3®: The PAC-3® family of missiles – the Cost Reduction Initiative (CRI) and Missile Segment Enhancement(MSE) – are the only combat proven Hit-to-Kill interceptors that defend against incoming threats, including tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and aircraft.