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You should all be proud... these are YOUR tax dollars at work building the Missile Defense System that the Obama/Clinton crowd says "will not work".  THAAD is batting "a thousand".  We have a true "layered" missile defense. 
 
Lockheed Martin's THAAD Weapon System Achieves First Successful Intercept of a Separating Target
26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Lockheed Martin LMT and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) conducted a successful test of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) Weapon System at the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) on Kauai, HI. This flight test demonstrated the system's ability to detect, track, discriminate and intercept a separating target in the mid endo-atmosphere. This separated target presented a new target class than the previous unitary targets intercepted by THAAD. A key objective of today's test was to demonstrate the weapon system performance against a separated target.

Preliminary data indicates the THAAD flight test successfully met all test objectives. The test further demonstrated THAAD's target acquisition, track, discrimination and aim-point selection capability against a new target set. As in previous tests, Soldiers operated the THAAD system throughout this mission. One more THAAD flight test is scheduled at PMRF by the end of 2008.

"This successful mission once again proves THAAD's outstanding performance, this time against a new target type. The THAAD Team has again met the challenge and delivered mission success," said Tom McGrath, program manager and vice president for THAAD at Lockheed Martin. "As we meet our increasing flight test objectives, the protection THAAD will provide to our Warfighters, friends and allies around the world becomes more significant."

Since November 2005 the THAAD Weapon System program has achieved nine for nine successful flight tests, including five for five successful intercepts of threat representative targets:

    * November 2005 -- Successful missile-only flight test
    * May 2006 -- Successful integration of the THAAD Weapon System including
      the fire control system, radar, launcher and interceptor
    * July 2006 -- Successful first unitary target intercept in the high endo
      atmosphere
    * September 2006 -- Mission designated a 'no-test' when the target
      malfunctioned and was destroyed by WSMR Range Safety before the
      interceptor was launched; excellent THAAD ground data was acquired
      throughout the target anomaly
    * January 2007 -- Successful high endo-atmospheric intercept of a
      Scud-like unitary target in THAAD's first flight test at the PMRF
    * April 2007 -- Successful intercept of a Scud-like unitary target at mid
      endo atmosphere
    * June 2007 -- Successful missile-only flight test in low endo-atmosphere
    * October 2007 -- Successful intercept of a Scud-like unitary target in
      the exo atmosphere
    * June 2008 -- Successful intercept of a separating target in the mid endo
      atmosphere

A production contract for the first two THAAD Fire Units was awarded to Lockheed Martin in late 2006. Production of the THAAD launcher and fire control and communications unit is underway at Lockheed Martin's manufacturing facility in Camden, AR and interceptor production is being conducted at Lockheed Martin's Pike County Facility in Troy, AL. Delivery of the first Fire Unit is scheduled in FY'09.

THAAD is designed to defend U.S. troops, allied forces, population centers and critical infrastructure against short- to intermediate range ballistic missiles. THAAD comprises a fire control and communications system, interceptors, launchers and a radar. The THAAD interceptor uses hit-to-kill technology to destroy targets, and THAAD is the only weapon system that engages threat ballistic missiles at both endo- and exo-atmospheric altitudes.

A key element of the nation's Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS), THAAD is a Missile Defense Agency program, with the program office located in Huntsville, AL. The agency is developing a BMDS to defend the United States, its deployed forces, friends and allies against ballistic missiles of all ranges and in all phases of flight.

Lockheed Martin is a world leader in systems integration and the development of air and missile defense systems and technologies, including the first operational hit-to-kill missile. It also has considerable experience in missile design and production, infrared seekers, command and control/battle management, and communications, precision pointing and tracking optics, as well as radar and signal processing. The company makes significant contributions to all major U.S. missile defense systems and participates in several global missile defense partnerships.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin employs about 140,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation reported 2007 sales of $41.9 billion.

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We all know the Dems want to destroy this Country, they want supreme control and power and that can only be obtained by first tearing down what is already in place. They'd all be secretly wetting their pants with enthusiasm, should we be attacked in such a manner that they could wrest away control, and supreme power.
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Originally posted by cyborg cyborg wrote:

We all know the Dems want to destroy this Country, they want supreme control and power and that can only be obtained by first tearing down what is already in place. They'd all be secretly wetting their pants with enthusiasm, should we be attacked in such a manner that they could wrest away control, and supreme power.
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We need to get some video of this.................wetting, I mean.........Bucky
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Ewwww--excessive crotch region moisture ..not good for the Obama faction
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: June/26/2008 at 09:58
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Naw Obama is a yeast infection.... Cencored
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 Yea and the democrat idiots better look at the Chinese version that worked perfectly and shot down a satellite ! Yeast infection .... you know what the main cause of female yeast infections are .... or what one girl told me .... can't say here .... maybe ....
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Don't forget the satellite WE shot down with an Aegis/SM3 system. It was a much more difficult shot than the Chinese one, and a miss could have resulted in some serious implications. It was carrying a heavy load of highly volatile fuel. But it is gone.
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Many years ago When my brother was still a Maj. in the Air Force he was in charge of a program to develope an anti-satellite missle (ASAT). After several years of work, they developed a missle that was launched from a modified F-15, and successfully shot down a satellite in low orbit. Congress then cancelled the program. One of his missles was displayed at the Air Force Museum until it was put in storage during some remodeling. I don't know if it is currently on display. But this was the first time a satelite was shot down from an orbit.
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The Navy did it with an SM-2 just last month wasn't it?  
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 Oh I was'nt bragging on the chinese feat by no means . I was just trying to show we are'nt the only ones developing systems and the dems better get a drift ! As the one commander said ... If they can develop a system to knock out all our satellites .... we'll be blind in case of war . It upsets me the way they made fun of Reagan .... and again ... he was right !!!!
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The chinese are our biggest threat.
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Yeah they made fun of him, and now all are pointing toward his example. He was a great president, sadly he will probably be the last great President we'll ever see.
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