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BAE Systems to develop next-gen IR seekers for THAAD

17th March 2020 - 17:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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BAE Systems has been awarded a contract by Lockheed Martin to develop the next-generation of IR seekers for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) weapon system.

THAAD is a fundamental component of the US defence against ballistic missiles.

The seeker directs interceptors to the intended target, leading to the destruction of the enemy warhead. This process can happen both within and outside the Earth’s atmosphere.

More than 500 THAAD seekers have already been produced for Lockheed Martin by BAE Systems at its facilities in Nashua, New Hampshire and Endicott, New York State. BAE Systems did not disclose the value of the new contract, which it announced on 17 March

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