THAAD is an important part of the US ballistic missile defense system. THAAD is the English abbreviation of Terminal High Altitude Area Defense. The THAAD system is an anti-missile system developed by the US arms giant Lockheed Martin. Published materials have built 24 sets. 202201339/Global Defense Watch/Ali, the UAE is the first overseas user of the THAAD system. On January 17, 2022, the THAAD anti-missile system deployed by the UAE achieved its first actual combat result, successfully destroying the incoming ballistics on the same day Missiles, according to the news released by the United Arab Emirates, Yemen’s Houthis used ballistic missiles to launch a long-range strike against the United Arab Emirates and caused casualties.
For the first victory of the THAAD system in the Middle East, the United States has made a lot of publicity about it. In addition to being the first anti-missile victory of the THAAD system, it was the first time that the THAAD anti-missile system was in the stage when the United States was actively encircling and containing China. The victory has also boosted the confidence of the United States, because the United States has deployed the THAAD system in the Asia-Pacific region. In addition to the deployment in Guam, it has also deployed a complete THAAD system in South Korea. The deployment of the THAAD system by the United States in South Korea is a strategy aimed directly at China, because the THAAD system can not only counter ballistic missiles at high altitudes in the re-entry stage, but also the equipped AN/TPY-2 radar has powerful detection capabilities, which can be used for the PLA. The ballistic missiles are detected during the ascent stage.
The AN/TPY-2 radar is an active phased array radar with X-band, and the detection range for a radar reflection area of 1 square meter is as high as 2,300 kilometers. Small, can seriously weaken the deterrent capability of the PLA’s ballistic missiles, because it may be detected by the AN/TPY-2 radar during the take-off and ascent phase. The purpose of the US deploying the THAAD system in South Korea is quite clear. In addition, although the US has not deployed the THAAD anti-missile system in Japan, it has deployed the AN/TPY-2 radar, which can provide early warning information for the US ballistic missile defense system. , the threat posed by the THAAD system cannot be ignored.
The United States has built a complete ballistic missile defense system. In addition to deploying a large number of early warning radars in the mainland, there are also many early warning facilities in the Asia-Pacific region. In addition to the THAAD system deployed in South Korea, various early warning radars deployed in Japan can also be used. Collect relevant information, and at the same time, you can also collect relevant intelligence through the Pave Claw radar deployed on Taiwan Island. The United States also has an X-band early warning radar system deployed at sea, but there is no fixed deployment location. Therefore, it is still necessary to detect the PLA ballistic missile system through a land-based radar system. Now the THAAD system has achieved its first record in the UAE, which shows that the system has certain capabilities.
According to the news released by the United States, the United States will also set up a land-based Aegis anti-missile system in Guam, thereby enhancing the overall anti-missile capability of the United States in the Asia-Pacific region.