Remote-fired THAAD missile interceptor completes first testNews
August 30, 2019
REPUBLIC OF THE MARSHALL ISLANDS. The first test of a remotely-launched Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor missile was completed by the Missile Defense Agency.
The THAAD system, made by Lockheed Martin, is designed to intercept threats from inside and outside the Earth's atmosphere. It has had 16 consecutive launches and interceptions, with the latest intercepting the capability of engaging the system remotely with a government-developed remote launcher kit.
The test was conducted at the U.S. Army Garrison Kwajalein Atoll by the U.S. Army's E-62 Battery of the 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade.
Radar operations, as well as launcher and fire control operations, were conducted during Friday's test. Those in the battery firing the missile used a combat procedure and were unaware of the target-launch timing.