Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Propulsion Systems Successfully Maneuver Missile Defense Interceptors to Destroy Ballistic Missile Targets
Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne's Divert and Attitude Control System (DACS) for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor successfully positioned missile defense interceptors to simultaneously destroy two short-range ballistic missile targets in a demonstration of the weapon system's ability to help protect troops and other U.S. interests around the world. The THAAD operational test was conducted by the Ballistic Missile Defense System Operational Test Agency, with the support of the Missile Defense Agency, at the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Hawaii on Oct. 5. Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) company.
"Both interceptors scored direct hits," said Craig Larson, THAAD program manager, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne.
Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne developed the Divert and Attitude Control System (DACS) for the THAAD interceptor. DACS is a high-precision, quick-reaction propulsion system that positions the interceptor to defeat an incoming ballistic missile. Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne is under contract with Lockheed Martin, the THAAD Weapon System Prime contractor, to produce the DACS.
THAAD is designed to protect deployed troops around the world, and other important assets and population centers against short to medium range ballistic missiles in the final phase of flight.
Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, 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.
Behind its successful designs, manufacturing processes, and hardware are Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne's research and development engineers, who solve tough problems in extreme environments and high-energy density applications. Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne is headquartered in Canoga Park, Calif., and has facilities in Huntsville, Ala.; Kennedy Space Center, Fla.; West Palm Beach, Fla.; Stennis Space Center, Miss; and Carlstadt, N.J. 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.
Approved for Public Release 11-MDA-6410 (24 Oct 11)