Pentagon’s No.1 weapons supplier Lockheed Martin Corp has reported that the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Missile Segment Enhancement, an advanced missile defense system, successfully intercepted a tactical ballistic missile in a U.S. Army flight test at White Sands Missile Range.
PAC-3 MSE interceptor successfully detected, tracked and intercepted a tactical ballistic missile target today in a test at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, according to a company news release.
“We are continuously looking for ways to improve the PAC-3 missile, increase its capabilities and expand the missile’s ability to defend against the growing number of potential threats,” said Brenda Davidson, vice president of PAC-3 Programs at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “Flight tests like this demonstrate Lockheed Martin’s commitment to increasing the performance of PAC-3.”
The PAC-3 family of missiles are the only combat proven Hit-to-Kill interceptors that defend against incoming threats, including tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and aircraft. Ten nations – the United States, Qatar, Japan, Romania, Poland, the United Arab Emirates, Sweden, Korea, Bahrain and Germany – have signed agreements to procure PAC-3 MSE interceptors.
In April, Lockheed Martin received a $6.07 billion contract from the U.S. Army for the production of PAC-3 MSE interceptors and associated equipment, to be delivered across FY21, FY22 and FY23 contract years.
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A @LockheedMartin PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) successfully intercepted a tactical ballistic missile in a @USArmy flight test @WSMissileRange. More here: https://t.co/ovw6wJmBd1 pic.twitter.com/tgoywHy1Hk
— Lockheed Martin News (@lmnews) June 25, 2020