Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD)
Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD)

Lockheed Wins $618M for THAAD Product Support

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control Corp., Grand Prairie, Texas, is being awarded a non-competitive, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with a maximum ceiling value of $618,000,000. Under this follow-on contract, the contractor will provide Terminal High Altitude Area Defense product support, which includes: logistics performance requirements; maintenance; supply; training and training support; packaging, handling, storage and transportation; forward stationing for theater support; logistics information capabilities; product assurance; safety; missile support; security; and engineering services.

The first task order in the amount of $10,363,415 for battery support will be issued at time of award. The work will be performed in Dallas, Texas; Sunnyvale, California; Huntsville, Alabama; and Troy, Alabama. The ordering period is from April 30, 2020, through April 29, 2025. One offer was solicited and one offer was received. Fiscal 2020 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $6,333,198 will be obligated under the first task order. The Missile Defense Agency, Huntsville, Alabama, is the contracting activity (HQ0853-20-D-0001).

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Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), formerly Theater High Altitude Area Defense, is an American anti-ballistic missile defense system designed to shoot down short-, medium-, and intermediate-range ballistic missiles in their terminal phase (descent or reentry) by intercepting with a hit-to-kill approach. THAAD was developed after the experience of Iraq’s Scud missile attacks during the Gulf War in 1991. Originally a United States Army program, THAAD has come under the umbrella of the Missile Defense Agency. THAAD has been deployed in Guam, the United Arab Emirates, Israel, Romania, and South Korea.

The THAAD interceptor carries no warhead, but relies on its kinetic energy of impact to destroy the incoming missile. A kinetic energy hit minimizes the risk of exploding conventional-warhead ballistic missiles, and the warhead of nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles will not detonate upon a kinetic-energy hit. Sometimes called Kinetic Kill technology, the THAAD missile destroys missiles by colliding with them, using hit-to-kill technology, like the MIM-104 Patriot PAC-3 (although the PAC-3 also contains a small explosive warhead).The THAAD system is being designed, built, and integrated by Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control acting as prime contractor.

Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD)
Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD)
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