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 Missile Defense Agency and Lockheed Martin conducted a successful flight test of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) Weapon System at the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai, HI. This flight test was THAAD's seventh intercept to date and proved the system's ability to intercept a unitary target in the low endo-atmosphere.

THAAD in Action

Missile Defense Agency's THAAD Video

September 10, 2013 - Two THAAD interceptors and a Standard-Missile 3 Block IA missile were launched resulting in the intercept of two near-simultaneous medium-range ballistic missile targets. The test, designated Flight Test Operational-01 (FTO-01), demonstrated the ability of the Aegis BMD and THAAD weapon systems to function in a layered defense architecture.


Q: What is 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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