The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, weapon system intercepts hostile ballistic missiles with kinetic force during their final, or terminal, phase of flight. BAE Systems designs and manufactures next-generation infrared seekers for THAAD that provide infrared imagery to guide interceptors to their intended targets, destroying enemy warheads inside or outside the Earth's atmosphere.
Highly effective for addressing ballistic missile threats
THAAD’s high-altitude intercept capability mitigates the effects of enemy weapons before they reach the ground, and its non-explosive kinetic impact minimizes the risk of detonation. BAE Systems’ sensor design work improves the missile defense system's ability to neutralize more threats and improves its manufacturability.
A ballistic missile's altitude, speed, and range leave little room for error on the part of the seeker, requiring accurate design, testing, and evaluation. BAE Systems' THAAD seekers are assembled, integrated, and tested at the company's facilities in Nashua, New Hampshire and Endicott, New York. Portions of the design work for the next-generation seeker technology will be conducted in Huntsville, Alabama, where the company is actively hiring and building a state-of-the-art facility.