Information on Theater High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) System GAO/NSIAD-94-107BR
 Ballistic Missile Defense: Information on Theater High
Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) System (Briefing Report, 01/27/94,
GAO/NSIAD-94-107BR). 

The estimated cost for the Theater High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD)
weapon system is $14.5 billion.  The Pentagon plans to buy 1,422 THAAD
missiles, 99 launchers, and 18 radars.  The THAAD
demonstration/validation contracts were awarded in 1992, and the program
is scheduled to begin engineering and manufacturing development in 1996
and begin low-rate initial production in 1999. THAAD, the upper tier of
a two-tier theater defense system, is intended to defend against medium-
to long-range theater ballistic missiles.  In developing countries, more
than 30 types of theater ballistic missiles are either operational or in
development.  The number of countries with longer range theater missiles
is expected to increase.

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 REPORTNUM:  NSIAD-94-107BR
     TITLE:  Ballistic Missile Defense: Information on Theater High 
             Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) System
      DATE:  01/27/94
   SUBJECT:  Ballistic missiles
             Advanced weapons systems
             Air defense systems
             Developing countries
             Intercontinental ballistic missiles
             Warning systems
             Defense procurement
             Defense contingency planning
             Research and development costs
             Defense capabilities
IDENTIFIER:  Theater Missile Defense-Ground Based Radar
             Patriot PAC-3
             SDI Theater High Altitude Area Defense System
             Argentina
             Brazil
             China
             Egypt
             India
             Iran
             Iraq
             Israel
             Libya
             North Korea
             Pakistan
             Saudi Arabia
             South Africa
             South Korea
             Syria
             Taiwan
             Vietnam
             Yemen
             Soviet Union
             Scud Missile
             Patriot Missile System
             SDI
             Strategic Defense Initiative Program
             THAADS
             
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