The U.S. is exploring options to increase the range of its newly fielded Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (Thaad) anti-ballistic missile system. The addition of a larger, 21-in.-dia. booster appears to be the option of most interest. The Thaad interceptor is now 14.5 in. in diameter. “The concept behind the 21 inches is that it significantly increases the interceptor range, and by increasing range that significantly—three to four times—increases the defended area we have on the ground ...

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