BAE Systems Secures Production Contract for THAAD Interceptor Seekers

  BAE Systems Secures Production Contract for THAAD Interceptor Seekers

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NASHUA, N.H. -- December 05, 2012

BAE Systems has received initial contract funding in the amount of $81 million
from Lockheed Martin Corp. to begin production of 143 infrared seekers for the
Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) weapon system program, designed to
defend U.S. and allied soldiers, military assets, and metropolitan areas from
ballistic missile attack threats. BAE Systems’ seeker provides the infrared
imagery from the targeted warhead to the missile to guide the interceptor to
its target, destroying enemy warheads through direct “hit-to-kill” technology.

BAE Systems employees work on the THAAD interceptor seeker, built in Nashua,
New Hampshire. (Photo: ...

BAE Systems employees work on the THAAD interceptor seeker, built in Nashua,
New Hampshire. (Photo: BAE Systems)

“In what is called a ‘kinetic kill,’ our reliable seeker detects infrared
radiation from the target missile and warhead and generates video guiding the
interceptor to the target,” said Barry Yeadon, THAAD program manager at BAE
Systems. “THAAD has a spotless flight test record of nine-for-nine intercepts.
During the most recent test, two interceptors destroyed two separate targets –
a challenging feat.”

Lockheed Martin, the THAAD prime contractor and systems integrator, also
awarded BAE Systems $5.3 million in initial contract funding for tooling and
test equipment to increase the monthly production rate of the seeker.

BAE Systems has been developing and producing seekers for missile defense
since the 1970s. The company supported the first hit-to-kill intercept of a
ballistic missile target in 1984 and achieved two hit-to-kill intercepts in
1999. BAE Systems has delivered a total of 100 THAAD seekers to date. The
assembly, integration, and testing of the THAAD infrared seekers will take
place at BAE Systems’ facilities in Nashua, New Hampshire and Lexington,
Massachusetts.

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Karen Spiller, +1 603-885-2818
Mobile: +1 603-566-2090
karen.spiller@baesystems.com
www.baesystems.com
 
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