THAAD consists of four principal components: truck-mounted launchers; interceptors; radars; and command, control, and battle management (C2BM). It can be air-lifted to almost anywhere in the world within hours, and all components fit inside a C-130 aircraft.
Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) is the most mature element of the BMDS. Now operational with the U.S. Army, this element is a land-based system built on the proven Patriot air and missile defense infrastructure. As the best defense against short-range ballistic missiles, Patriot was deployed to the Middle East as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, where it successfully engaged all threatening ballistic missiles within its scope of operation.The Arrow weapon system provides Israel with a capability to defend its borders and U.S. troops deployed in the region against short- and medium-range ballistic missiles. The system became operational in October 2000.
MEADS is cooperative effort among
the United States, Germany, and Italy to
develop an air and missile defense system
that is mobile and transportable. It
is capable of countering ballistic missiles
and air-breathing threats such as aircraft,
unmanned aerial vehicles, and
cruise missiles, utilizing a radar with a
360° capability. MEADS’ role in ballistic
missile defense is to bridge the gap
between man-portable systems like the
Stinger missile and the higher levels of
the BMDS such as the THAAD system.
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