BAE Systems Seeker Performs in First Multi-Kill THAAD Test

KAUAI, Hawaii – BAE Sys­tems’ infrared imag­ing seek­ers detect­ed two short range bal­lis­tic mis­siles for the Ter­mi­nal High Alti­tude Area Defense (THAAD) weapon sys­tem flight test pro­gram at the Pacif­ic Mis­sile Range Facil­i­ty in Kauai, Hawaii.

Dur­ing the test, which occurred on Sept. 29, the first THAAD inter­cept­ed an air-launched short-range bal­lis­tic mis­sile tar­get and a sec­ond THAAD mis­sile inter­cept­ed a sea-launched short-range bal­lis­tic mis­sile tar­get a short time lat­er. Since 2005, the pro­gram has com­plet­ed 12 flight tests, with nine-for-nine inter­cepts.

“This was the THAAD weapons sys­tems’ first oppor­tu­ni­ty to demon­strate a mul­ti-tar­get engage­ment,” said Fred Olszanakyj, seek­er pro­duc­tion pro­gram man­ag­er for BAE Sys­tems in Nashua, N.H., where the THAAD seek­er was designed and is being built.

BAE Sys­tems’ THAAD seek­er pro­gram is deliv­er­ing seek­ers to the U.S. gov­ern­ment for the sec­ond pro­duc­tion lot, which is com­prised of 48 inter­cep­tors. A con­tract for the third pro­duc­tion lot is antic­i­pat­ed in the first quar­ter of 2012, as is the first of sev­er­al antic­i­pat­ed for­eign mil­i­tary sales con­tracts. In addi­tion, BAE Sys­tems is par­tic­i­pat­ing on the Lock­heed Mar­tin lead team com­pet­ing for the design and pro­duc­tion of the next gen­er­a­tion mis­sile defense inter­cep­tor, called the stan­dard mis­sile three – Block 2B.

The THAAD sys­tem is designed to defend U.S. and allied forces, pop­u­la­tion cen­ters, and crit­i­cal infra­struc­ture against short to pos­si­bly inter­me­di­ate-range bal­lis­tic mis­siles. BAE Sys­tems has worked on mis­sile defense seek­ers since the late 1970s and achieved the first hit-to-kill inter­cept of a bal­lis­tic-mis­sile tar­get in 1984.

For fur­ther infor­ma­tion, please con­tact:

Karen Spiller, BAE Sys­tems
Tel: +1 603 885 2818 Mobile: +1 603 566 2090

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