Posted by Courtney E. Howard
DALLAS, 23 April 2010. Lockheed Martin won an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract with initial funding of $25.7 million to provide support for the U.S. Army's fielding of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) Weapon System. The IDIQ contract includes a four-year basic contract with five additional one-year options. The total maximum contract value is $435 million through 2019.
Lockheed Martin will initially support the Army during the THAAD Limited User Testing (LUT), an integral step toward delivery of the THAAD system to warfighters. Lockheed Martin also will provide life-cycle support for the THAAD system, including maintenance, supply support, product assurance, and training. A team of onsite field service representatives will work alongside the warfighter to ensure THAAD's operational readiness.
The first THAAD Battery (A-4 Battery) was activated at Fort Bliss, Texas, in May 2008. Soldiers from the battery recently completed the Force Development Exercise and will operate the THAAD system during LUT beginning this month.
In October 2009, the U.S. Army activated the second THAAD Battery (A-2 Battery) also at Fort Bliss. Unit training for this Battery will begin in May 2010.
THAAD is the only missile defense system with the operational flexibility to intercept in both the endo- and exo-atmospheres, reveals a company representative. Since 2005 ,the program has conducted 10 flight tests, including six intercepts of unitary and separating targets achieving 100 percent mission success. Additional testing is scheduled this year and will continue through 2011.
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