It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
The Pentagon will start a new round of flight tests this fall to demonstrate the effectiveness of a revamped mobile system designed to destroy short- and intermediate-range ballistic missiles. The pressure for success is high for the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) after more than a decade of design problems with the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (Thaad) system.
The upcoming flight tests are timed to maintain initial deployment in 2009, despite congressional cuts and other program setbacks, according to U.S. Army Col. Charles Driessnack, MDA's Thaad project manager. Congress sliced $60 million from the program in Fiscal 2004, prompting Driessnack to restructure some elements, including ground tests.
Five flight tests are scheduled for Fiscal 2006, which begins this month. Three will test the missile's flight only. Another will focus on its seeker, and the final trail will be an intercept test. They will take place at the Army's White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.
THAAD is back