According to information released by the Defense News website on November 16, 2021, Lockheed Martin plans to deliver the first THAAD air defense missile system in Saudi Arabia in 2023.
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A U.S. Air Force aviator unloads a THAAD system from a C-17 Globe Master III at Nevatim Air Base, Israel, March 1, 2019. (US DoD image source)
In October 2017, the US State Department made a decision approving a possible foreign military sale to the government of Saudi Arabia for High altitude terminal zone defense (THAAD) and related support, equipment and services at an estimated cost of $ 15 billion.
The Government of Saudi Arabia has requested a possible sale of forty-four (44) High Altitude Terminal Area Defense (THAAD) launchers, three hundred and sixty (360) THAAD interception missiles, sixteen (16) THAAD rounds and tactical mobile communication station. Group, seven (7) AN / TPY-2 THAAD radars.
Quoting the Lockheed Martin website, In 2017, Saudi Arabia expressed its intention to acquire more than US $ 28 billion in integrated air and missile defense technologies and programs, combat ships, tactical aircraft and rotary wing with Lockheed Martin. Today, Lockheed Martin Saudi Arabia strives to support these projects, ensuring that they align with Vision 2030 and support the security of the Kingdom for decades to come.
In November 2018, CNBC announced that Saudi Arabia had signed a letter of offer and acceptance with the United States for Lockheed Martin’s THAAD air defense missile system. In March 2020, Lockheed Martin Corp won a $ 932 million Pentagon contract for THAAD interceptor missiles, some of which are slated for delivery to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) THAAD is a highly mobile and rapidly deployable BMD system, designed to bring down attacking missiles at short and medium range during their final or terminal phase of flight. The THAAD system is designed, built and integrated by Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control acting as prime contractors. The main contractors are Raytheon, Boeing, Aerojet Rocketdyne, Honeywell, BAE Systems, Oshkosh Defense and MiltonCAT.
On May 28, 2008, the US Army activated Alpha Battery, 4th Air Defense Artillery Regiment (A-4), 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade at Fort Bliss, Texas. The A-4 Battery is part of the 32nd Army Air & Missile Defense Command. At the time, the battery consisted of 24 THAAD interceptors, three THAAD launchers based on the M1120 HEMTT load handling system, a THAAD fire control and a THAAD radar. THAAD has been deployed to Guam, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Romania and South Korea.
The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) element provides the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) with a globally transportable and rapidly deployable capability to intercept and destroy ballistic missiles inside or outside the atmosphere during their final or terminal phase of flight. . The THAAD is capable of destroying aerial targets at distances of 150-200 km.