Missile-targeting sensor contract for THAAD system awarded to BAE Systems by Lockheed Martin

ARLINGTON, Va. BAE Systems has won a contract from Lockheed Martin to design and manufacture next-generation infrared seekers for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) weapon system, a major portion of the targeting technology that helps protect the U.S. and its allies from ballistic missiles.

According to BAE Systems company information, the THAAD weapon system intercepts hostile ballistic missiles with kinetic force during their final phase of flight; for its part, the BAE Systems seeker provides infrared imagery that guides interceptors to their intended targets, destroying enemy warheads inside or outside the Earth's atmosphere.

BAE Systems says that while the seekers are built in Nashua, New Hampshire, and Endicott, New York, the company plans to conduct design work for the next-generation seeker in Huntsville, Alabama, which is the home of the U.S. Army's Redstone Arsenal plus its missiles and space programs.