The U.S. Military 94th Military Air and Missile Protection Command (AAMDC) and Joint Area Marianas will deploy a Terminal Excessive-Altitude Space Protection (THAAD) launcher and related personnel and gear to Rota Worldwide Airport within the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) early March. A C-17 Globemaster III plane from the fifteenth Wing based mostly out of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawai’i’ll transfer the gear from Andersen Air Drive Base in Guam to Rota Worldwide Airport. This operation will permit the 94th AAMDC to assemble useful information and inform future deployments of THAAD Distant Launch packages all through the theater. Rota is about 40 nautical miles north-northeast of Guam. The 5-mile-wide island is house to greater than 1,800 folks. It’s unclear how a lot navy personnel can be deployed to Rota.

Rear Adm. Benjamin Nicholson, the senior navy official in Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and Joint Area Marianas Commander, mentioned, “Missile protection is the primary precedence for Indo-Pacific command on this area and testing THAAD’s distant launch potential bolsters our protection of CNMI, fortifying our layered protection within the area.”


Brig. Gen. Mark Holler, commanding normal of 94th AAMDC mentioned, “There isn’t a extra necessary mission than the protection of the homeland – and exercising THAAD’s distant launch functionality permits us to reinforce the effectiveness of a combat-tested, upper-tier missile protection system that’s very important to the Military’s potential to make sure a free and open Indo-Pacific.”

The primary of two Terminal Excessive Altitude Space Protection (THAAD) interceptors is launched throughout a profitable intercept check. The check, carried out by Missile Protection Company (MDA), Ballistic Missile Protection System (BMDS) Operational Check Company, Joint Purposeful Part Command for Built-in Missile Protection, and U.S. Pacific Command. (Picture by U.S. Military Ralph Scott)

Terminal Excessive Altitude Space Protection (THAAD), previously Theater Excessive Altitude Space Protection, is an American anti-ballistic missile protection system designed to shoot down short-, medium-, and intermediate-range ballistic missiles of their terminal part (descent or reentry) by intercepting with a hit-to-kill strategy. THAAD was developed after the expertise of Iraq’s Scud missile assaults in the course of the Gulf Conflict in 1991. The THAAD interceptor carries no warhead however depends on its kinetic power of an influence to destroy the incoming missile. A kinetic power hit minimizes the danger of exploding conventional-warhead ballistic missiles, and the warhead of nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles won’t detonate upon a kinetic power hit. Initially a United States Military program, THAAD has come below the umbrella of the Missile Protection Company.

The US is sending a missile protect to the Pacific island of Guam as North Korea threatens nuclear strikes. North Korea had named Guam amongst an inventory of attainable targets for the assault that included Hawaii and the US mainland. North Korea is just not thought to have the expertise to strike the US mainland with both a nuclear weapon or a ballistic missile. However it’s able to focusing on US navy bases within the area with its mid-range missiles. In April 2013, the US declared that Alpha Battery, 4th Air Protection Artillery Regiment (A-4), could be deployed to Guam to defend towards a attainable North Korean IRBM assault focusing on the island. In March 2014, Alpha Battery, 2nd ADA RGT (A-2), did a change of accountability with A-4 and took over the Protection of Guam Mission. After a profitable 12-month deployment by A-4, Delta 2 (D-2) took its place for a 12-month deployment. In 2018-2019 Echo Battery, third ADA Regiment (E-3) deployed to Guam.

Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD)
A Terminal Excessive Altitude Space Protection, or (THAAD) weapon system assigned to Activity Drive Talon, 94th Military Air and Missile Protection Command. Activity Drive Talon is liable for the U.S. Military’s first ahead deployed Terminal Excessive Altitude Space Protection unit on Andersen Air Drive Base, Guam. (Picture by Military Capt. Adan Cazarez)