Lockheed to produce THAAD for UAE
Dallas, September 23, 2013
Lockheed Martin has received a contract to produce elements of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) weapons system for the United Arab Emirates, the company said.
The contract is part of a deal which also involves supply to the US Missile Defense Agency and is totally worth $3.9 billion.
The contract includes the manufacture and delivery of a maximum of 110 interceptors for the US Army, including the fiscal 2014 option. These Lot 4, 5 and 6 interceptors will be fielded to the US Army at Ft. Bliss, Texas. The contract also includes interceptors and other ground hardware for the UAE.
"Lockheed Martin is focused on delivering these key components of the THAAD Weapon System to our customers," said Mathew Joyce, vice president and program manager for THAAD at Lockheed Martin. "We continue to see strong interest from around the globe for the unique capabilities THAAD can provide."
THAAD interceptors are produced at Lockheed Martin's Pike County facility in Troy, Ala. The launchers and fire control units are produced at the company's Camden, Ark., facility.
Since 2005, the THAAD development program has completed 13 flight tests, with 11 successful intercepts in 11 attempts. THAAD is the only missile defense system with the operational flexibility to intercept in both the endo- and exo-atmospheres to provide versatile capability to the warfighter.
A THAAD battery was deployed for the first time internationally by the US Army to Guam earlier this year. - TradeArabia News Service