A Lockheed Martin-made missile defense system intercepted a ballistic missile headed towards an oil facility in the United Arab Emirates, Defense News reported Saturday.
Anonymous sources said the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense System struck two enemy ballistic missiles targeted near Al-Dhafra Air Base, which also accommodates French and U.S. forces.
THAAD’s use in this event marks the missile defense system’s first operational use, the report noted. The enemy ballistic missiles were part of a Houthi attack that also included cruise missiles and drones.
The U.S. Army also employs THAAD, which Lockheed builds under an agreement with the Missile Defense Agency.