The US and allied armed forces will upgrade their missile defense capabilities under a new $944 million contract for production and delivery of Lockheed Martin PATRIOT Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) and PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (PAC-3 MSE) interceptors.
The contract includes PAC-3 and PAC-3 MSE interceptors and launcher modification kits for the US Army, Romania and other Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers.
"PAC-3 and PAC-3 MSE provide our customers and especially the deployed warfighter with unmatched terminal air- and missile-defense capabilities," Scott Arnold, Vice President and Deputy of Integrated Air and Missile Defense at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, said. "PAC-3 and PAC-3 MSE are trusted and reliable interceptors that employ advanced hit-to-kill technology, enabling better accuracy, enhanced safety and improved lethality when it matters most."
The PAC-3 is a high-velocity interceptor that defends against incoming threats, including tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and aircraft. PAC-3 currently provides missile defence capabilities for the US, Germany, Kuwait, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Taiwan, the Netherlands, the United Arab Emirates and others.
Building on the combat-proven PAC-3, the PAC-3 MSE uses a two-pulse solid rocket motor that increases altitude and range to defeat evolving threats.