Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD)

THAAD: Integrated Air and Missile Defense with proven Hit-to-Kill technology

The THAAD Program supports more than 18,000 direct and indirect jobs across the United States. Since 2018, we’ve hired more than 4,000 employees to meet the needs of our growing business, including new contracts and increased production, of our Missiles and Fire Control line of business.

The program includes more than 280 suppliers in 40 states—many of which are small- and medium-sized businesses. With a projected service life measured in decades, this work will continue for many years to come.

THAAD in Flight

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency, Ballistic Missile Defense System Operational Test Agency and U.S. Army soldiers of the E-62 Battery, 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, conducted an intercept test of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) element of the nation's Ballistic Missile Defense System. The test, designated Flight Test THAAD (FTT)-23, was the first time the THAAD system used a government-developed remote launcher kit that extended the range of the defended area.

THAAD in Action

Missile Defense Agency's THAAD Video

A Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor is launched from the Pacific Spaceport Complex Alaska in Kodiak, Alaska, during Flight Test THAAD (FTT)-18 on July 11, 2017. During the test, the THAAD weapon system successfully intercepted an air-launched intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) target.


Q: What are THAAD’s capabilities?
A: THAAD defends against short, medium, and intermediate-range ballistic missiles. It provides a unique endo-and exo-ballistic defense capability and was specifically designed to provide a robust capability against mass raid. The system uses proven Lockheed Martin technology to destroy a threat with direct impact – providing ensured negation of weapons of mass destruction, enhanced reliability and safety.

Q: Where is THAAD built and how many jobs does it support in the U.S.?
A: More than 1,000 employees across Lockheed Martin support the THAAD program at locations in Sunnyvale, California; Huntsville, Alabama; Chelmsford, Massachusetts; Troy, Alabama; Ocala, Florida; Camden, Arkansas; and Lufkin and Dallas, Texas. The program also has a nationwide supply chain and industrial base delivering key components and support providing 17,000 jobs across the country. There are more than 740 suppliers in 42 states.

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