Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves: Interoperability Between Patriot, THAAD Systems Key to Optimized Missile Defense

Samuel Greaves

Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves, director of the Missile Defense Agency, told C4ISRNET in an interview published Tuesday that interoperability between elements of the ballistic missile defense system seeks to help synchronize and integrate platforms to “provide an optimized, layered missile defense.”

“Tactical cross-element communication is critical for warfighter coordination to maximize collaborative defense of assets, conserve interceptors and provide common situational awareness for combatant commanders,” Greaves added.

He said the FTX-35 test completed in April at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico was carried out in compliance with the fiscal 2016 National Defense Authorization Act.

Greaves, a 2018 Wash100 recipient, noted that the test helped demonstrate interoperability through data exchange and engagement coordination between Patriot and Terminal High Altitude Area Defense systems with the aid of tactical data links.

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