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The company says it is targeting "any country that is operating Patriot today," arguing that if the Patriot is upgraded with PAC-3 missiles and is joined by Thaad, the two would be highly complementary. "PAC-3 with its anti-cruise missile capabilities can provide excellent defense for Thaad, which provides protection against ballistic missiles. Prime contractor LM sees the Middle East as a prime area for THAAD sales. Taiwan is another one, but the communist regime a few miles away would bust a rhoid if that were to happen.
"The U.S. government has indicated it is willing to sell Thaad via Foreign Military Sales to friends and allies. The releasability issues surrounding that are being worked by us. We don't think export sales will start to happen right away. We're still working through those wickets. We believe the system will become available after the 2009-10 timeframe, when Thaad is to be fielded with the U.S. Army."