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
General Specs:
Country of origin: United States
Manufacturer: Lead developer and missiles: Lockheed Martin
Radar: Raytheon
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)
Missile Diameter: Unknown
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
Operators (crew): Unknown
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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