The US THAAD missile was developed by Lockheed Martin Missile and Space in 1992. Photo/Military Aerospace
JAKARTA – The THAAD or Terminal High Altitude Area Defense missile is a United States (US) missile system that has the ability to intercept ballistic missiles. Easy installation and flexible positioning make THAAD the most capable missile defense system to date.
The THAAD missile system was developed by Lockheed Martin Missile and Space in the United States in 1992. This missile demonstrated its ability to prevent missile attacks in the air in 2008 after carrying out a number of trials.
Apart from the general facts that have been mentioned, there are also several interesting facts about the US THAAD missile.
Facts about the US THAAD Missile
1. Have High Speed
THAAD’s ability to prevent missile attacks in the air is capable of reaching a distance of 200 km with a maximum altitude of 150 km. THAAD’s speed also reached Mach 8.24 or the equivalent of 10,175 km/hour.
The THAAD missile works by shooting down missiles both inside and outside the atmosphere.
2. Has a Layered Defense Shield System
The THAAD system also has a layered defensive shield which is usually used to protect high-value strategic or tactical sites such as airfields or population centers.
The THAAD missile also functions to intercept exo-atmospheric and endo-atmospheric threats. Not only that, this weapon is also capable of countering short ranged ballistic missiles and medium ranged ballistic missiles using the hit to kill (collision) method.
3. THAAD Missile Specifications
The THAAD system itself consists of 4 components, namely launcher, missile, fire control and radar. The first component of THAAD is a launcher mounted on the M1075 truck.
Then there is the missile found on THAAD with a length of 6.17 meters and a weight of 900 kg. Lastly, there is a kill vehicle (KV) that works to destroy the target by using kinetic energy.