Alabama-based Aerojet Rocketdyne has announced delivery of the 600th Boost Motor and the 600th Divert and Attitude Control System (DACS) for the THAAD weapon system (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense), the company said.
The THAAD weapon system is one of the nation´s primary defenses against short-, medium-, and intermediate-range missiles.
A land-based element of the Missile Defense Agency´s Missile Defense system, built by prime contractor Lockheed Martin, THAAD shields deployed US and allied forces and critical infrastructure from missile attacks. The system has a 100% success rate in intercept tests — 16 intercepts in 16 tests — since production began.
The THAAD solid rocket boost motor is now manufactured at Aerojet Rocketdyne´s rapidly growing facilities in Huntsville, Alabama and Camden, Arkansas. The DACS, a highly-responsive thruster system that keeps THAAD´s kinetic kill vehicle on target during the latter stages of an intercept, is manufactured in the company´s Los Angeles, California facility.
Aerojet Rocketdyne, a subsidiary of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:AJRD), is an aerospace and defense leader that provides propulsion systems and energetics to the space, missile defense and strategic systems, and tactical systems areas, in support of domestic and international customers.