How powerful is Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, know which country has THAAD missile system

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How powerful is Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, know which country has THAAD missile system

Washington: Tensions between the US and China are increasing continuously. Meanwhile, the US is going to deploy a large number of surface-to-air Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) to protect its Guam Naval Base. THAAD has been stationed in Guam since 2013, but this time the missile launchers and radars of this defense system will be deployed on different islands rather than on the same site. America’s Guam Naval Base is most at risk from China’s ballistic and cruise missiles. The US has already deployed the Patriot missile defense system in Guam. At the same time, Israel’s Iron Dome has also been tested in Guam. Given the growing power of Chinese missiles, the US Defense Ministry Pentagon does not want to compromise the security of Guam at any cost.

Why Guam is important to America
The US has a strategically important naval and air force base in Guam. Anderson Air Force Base, Naval Base Guam, Marine Corps Camp Blaise and Joint Region Marianas Headquarters are located on different islands of Guam. These bases on the Guam archipelago will be the main targets of the Chinese military if a war breaks out with China over Taiwan and the South China Sea. Guam Island is the closest US military base to mainland China. It is 2,897 km northwest of Shanghai, China’s largest commercial city. Anderson Air Force Base will be one of the most important forward bases for launching, re-arming and repairing US strike aircraft.

America is exploring the islands for the deployment of THAAD
The US Navy said on its Commander Submarine Force website that Naval Base Guam is strategically located to support all submarines deployed in the Seventh Fleet. America’s 7th Fleet is based in Yokosuka, Japan. This fleet includes several nuclear submarines. The US military is already testing Thad’s missile launchers and telecommunications on remote islands. Meanwhile, the US Navy has begun identifying isolated islands for deployment of personnel to operate it, along with THAAD’s radar and other equipment. Some of THAAD’s mobile launchers can also be placed on ships.


Commander said – Thad could not protect Guam
According to Navy Rear Admiral Benjamin Nicholson, commander of the Guam-based Joint Region Marianas, THAAD’s missiles currently provide only protection. The system is not powerful enough to fully defend Guam. Nicholson told Air Force magazine in June that THAAD also provides protection against ballistic missiles and some other missiles, but it is somewhat limited. The new system will provide a more comprehensive capability to defend Guam from all kinds of threats and missiles. He said that it is currently being worked out on which islands the missile launchers and radars of Thad will be deployed.

America’s Thad is so powerful
America’s THAAD missile system is designed to shoot down ballistic missiles. This system was developed by Lockheed Martin in 1987. The system was created in 1991, taking lessons from Iraq’s Scud missile attacks during the Gulf War. The missiles included in this system use a single stage rocket engine. In contrast, the S-400 defense system consists of multilayer missiles.


The speed of THAAD missiles is 10000 km per hour
This system is capable of shooting down ballistic missiles in the early stages of their flight. The system works on hit-to-kill technology, meaning it destroys missiles instead of intercepting them. The THAAD system is claimed to be capable of destroying missiles up to a range of 200 km and an altitude of 150 km. Its missiles have a speed of 10000 kilometers per hour.

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