Fri, Jul 21, 2006
Tests Now Move To Hawaii
Could this be a turn-around for THAAD?
The Army's Terminal High-Altitude Air Defense Missile system
scored a recent victory over the White Sands Missile range,
intercepting a Hera ballistic missile.
"It was quite spectacular," said Lockheed Martin vice president
Tom McGrath to Military.com. "This flight main goal was to charge
the seeker and have the radar perform discrimination [telling the
target from background objects]. Both were completely successful.
In addition, we did have an intercept."
This... after a number of failed intercepts and a seven-year
hiatus for the $10 billion program, during which it was almost
But before that, THAAD missed in spectacular fashion during five
back-to-back tests between 1995 and 1998. The Army had hoped to put
the Lockheed-Martin system into operation as early as 1999.
With this latest victory, however, THAAD moves to Hawaii --
where it will be tested at the hands of Army-types, rather than
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