The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and US Army are a step closer to achieving full interoperability between the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) and the Patriot weapon systems following the successful tracking of a simulated target.
Flight Test Other (FTX)-35, conducted at White Sands Missile Range (WSMR), New Mexico on 6 April, supported the materiel release of the THAAD 3.0 software upgrades. The systems conducted a simulated engagement of a live short-range Lynx missile target. THAAD and Patriot launchers were used in the exercise for simulation purposes only – no live interceptors were launched.
A live short-range Lynx missile target was launched from WSMR and was detected and tracked by THAAD’s Army-Navy/Transportable Surveillance Radar Model 2 (AN/TPY-2).
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