What is Thaad?

What is Thaad?

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Thaad is Terminal High Altitude Area Defense.

Shoots down short- and medium-range ballistic missiles in the terminal phase of their flight.

Uses hit-to-kill technology – where kinetic energy destroys the incoming warhead.

Has a range of 200km and can reach an altitude of 150km.

US has previously deployed it in Guam and Hawaii as a measure against potential attacks from North Korea.

Thaad missile defence system graphic

BBC

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