Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

THAAD Program Progressing.

Byline: Journal Staff Writer John J. Lumpkin


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The THAAD program, which produced a missile that kept on missing over the skies of southern New Mexico, is going forward.

The Army's Theater High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile is designed to intercept medium-range ballistic missiles like the Iraqi Scud. It would function as a long-range big brother to the Patriot missile system, but it isn't designed to shoot down intercontinental ballistic missiles, which are the subject of the Pentagon's National Missile Defense program.

In tests at White Sands Missile Range from 1995 to 1999, prototype THAAD interceptors missed descending ballistic missiles in six consecutive shots. …

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