DR Ambedkar IAS Academy

Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD)


  • It is an acronym for Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, a transportable, ground-based anti-ballistic missile defence system.
  • First proposed in 1987 and then finally deployed in 2008, the THAAD cannot be used as a form of attack against an enemy.
  • It is designed to intercept and destroy short and medium-range ballistic missiles in their final flight phase.
  • THAAD is coupled with space-based and ground-based surveillance stations, which transfer data about the incoming missile and inform the THAAD interceptor missile of the threat type classification.

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