US Deploys THAAD Anti-Missile System in First Deployment to Romania

The U.S. has deployed Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system to Romania in support of NATO Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD).

The system arrived  at Mihail Kogalniceanu (MK) Air Base on May 3 on board a U.S. Air Force (USAF) C-17 Globemaster III strategic military transport aircraft.

American troops offload a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) radar from a C-17 Globemaster III at Mihail Kogalniceanu (MK) Air Base, Romania, May 3, 2019. The THAAD deployed to Romania from 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command out of Fort Bliss, Texas. The deployment of the THAAD is in support of the NATO Ballistic Missile Defense mission and reinforces the strong and unremitting U.S. commitment to the defense of our NATO allies. U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jason Epperson, 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command

The THAAD, from the 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, was temporarily integrated into the existing NATO BMD architecture during scheduled maintenance and updates on the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense System.

Other units participating in the mission in Romania include members of 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team from Vincenza, Italy; 51st Expeditionary Signal Battalion from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington; Explosive Ordnance Disposal with 21st Theater Support Command from Kaiserslautern, Germany; and civilian employees from Anniston Army Depot and the Missile Defense Agency.

THAAD is supporting the ongoing Aegis Ashore Romania mission at Naval Support Facility Deveselu as part of the existing U.S. and NATO BMD mission. NATO’s Allied Air Command assumed operational control of THAAD for the duration of the mission.

The Aegis Ashore is a key element of NATO Ballistic Missile Defense, which protects Europe from ballistic missile threats outside the European theater. The scheduled update to Aegis Ashore Romanian is part of regular updates taking place on all U.S. Aegis systems.

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