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THAAD to be deployed to Europe for first time

15 April 2019

The US will deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system to Romania later this year, the US European Command (EUCOM) has announced. It will be the first operational deployment of THAAD to Europe.

EUCOM said in an 11 April press release that the THAAD system from the Fort Hood, Texas-based 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade from the 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command would be integrated into the NATO ballistic missile defence (BMD) architecture during a limited period of scheduled maintenance and updates of the Aegis Ashore missile defence system in Deveselu, Romania.

A NATO official told Jane’s on 14 April that the long-planned and scheduled Aegis Ashore update is part of the regular maintenance of all Aegis systems, most of which are ship based.

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