|Operator:||United Arab Emirates||Saudi Arabia||Qatar|
|Status:||In Service||Under Negotiation||Requested/Under Negotiation|
|Number:||2 x batteries: 9+ x launchers; 144 x missiles; 2 x AN/TPY-2 radars||Unknown||2 x batteries: 12 x launchers; 150 x missiles; 2 x fire control stations; 2 x AN/TPY-2 radars|
|Cost:||$3.5 billion (2011); $1.13 billion (2012)||Unknown||$6.5 billion|
|Acquired:||Initially approved September 2008; Signed December 2011; Follow-on sale approved November 2012; Delivered 2015||Potential approval May 2017||Requested and approved by DSCA November 2012. Final sale still under negotiation|
|Country of origin:||United States|
|Manufacturer:||Lead developer and missiles: Lockheed Martin|
|Introduced:||First tested April 1995; Production version first tested November 2005; First unit activated in 2008|
|Class:||Terminal endo/exoatmospheric ballistic missile defense|
|Range:||Intercept range: 155 miles (250 km); Tracking range: 621 miles (1,000 km)|
|Altitude:||25-93 miles (40-149.7 km) – exoatmospheric|
|Warhead:||None – hit-to-kill|
|Speed:||Mach 8+ (6,138 mph) – hypersonic|
|Missile Weight:||1,984 lbs (900 kg)|
|Missile Length:||20 ft (6.2 m)|
|Propellant:||Single solid fuel|
|Guidance System:||Focal plane array infrared seeker|
|Command and Control System:||THAAD Fire Control and Communications (TFCC)|
|Missiles:||8 missiles per launcher|
|Radar(s):||AN/TPY-2 X-band radar|
|Launch Platform:||M1075 launcher on Oshkosh M1120 HEMTT LHS road-mobile truck|
|Notes:||THAAD = Terminal High Altitude Area Defense|
|Battery traditionally consists of 6 x launchers, 48 x interceptors, 1 x TFCC, 1 x AN/TPY-2 radar|
|Provides upper-tier defense that can integrate with the Patriot and AEGIS missile defense systems|
|An extended range variant is under-development that would feature a two stage propulsion|
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- Michael Elleman, Toby Dodge, Andrew Kelly, Douglas Barrie, Missile-Defense Cooperation in the Gulf, (London: International Institute for Strategic Studies, 2016), page 62.
- “Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD),” Missile Defense Agency, March 31, 2017.
- “THAAD – Endo/Exo-Atmospheric Intercept Capability,” Lockheed Martin, May 21, 2015.
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- Marcus Weisgerber, “Lockheed Working to Extend Range of U.S. Missile Interceptors,” Defense One, January 7, 2015.
- Mike Stone, “Exclusive: Saudi Arabia, U.S. in talks on billions in arms sales – U.S. sources,” Reuters, May 5, 2017.
- Jim Wolf, “U.S. in $3.5 billion arms sale to UAE amid Iran tensions,” Reuters, December 31, 2011.
- Chris Biggers, “UAE THAAD Site Reaches Milestone,” Bellingcat, January 30, 2017.
- Shereen El Gazzar, “Idex 2015: Qatar and Lockheed close to deal on Thaad missile intercept system,” The National, February 23, 2015.
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