Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Propulsion System Successfully Maneuvers THAAD Interceptor to Destroy Ballistic Missile Target
The Divert and Attitude Control System (DACS) developed by Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne successfully positioned a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor that successfully destroyed an incoming Short Range Ballistic Missile (SRBM) in the low endo-atmosphere. Today's flight test was conducted at the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii. Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne is under contract to produce the DACS for Lockheed Martin [NYSE:LMT], the THAAD prime contractor and systems integrator. Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) company.
"The interceptor successfully intercepted the SRBM," said Craig Larson, THAAD program manager, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne. "THAAD continues to demonstrate its ability to defend against incoming ballistic missiles both inside and outside Earth's atmosphere, proving its ability to protect U.S. and allied forces worldwide."
The DACS is a high-precision, quick-reaction propulsion system that positions the THAAD interceptor to destroy incoming enemy ballistic missiles. THAAD is designed to protect U.S. and allied forces against short- to medium-range ballistic missiles in the terminal or final phase of flight.
Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, Inc., a part of Pratt & Whitney, is a preferred provider of high-value propulsion, power, energy and innovative system solutions used in a wide variety of government and commercial applications, including the main engines for the space shuttle, Atlas and Delta launch vehicles, missile defense systems and advanced hypersonic engines. For more information about Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, go to www.prattwhitneyrocketdyne.com.
Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines, space propulsion systems and industrial gas turbines. United Technologies, based in Hartford, Conn., is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the global aerospace and commercial building industries.
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