05 Jan 2018

US and allied forces to upgrade missile defence capabilities

The United States and allied military forces have agreed a $944 million contract with Lockheed Martin for the production and delivery of the company’s Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) and PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (PAC-3 MSE) interceptors to upgrade their missile defence capabilities.

The contract includes PAC-3 and PAC-3 MSE interceptors and launcher modification kits for the US Army, Romania and other Foreign Military Sales customers.

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 U.S., 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.

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 provide our customers and especially the deployed warfighter with unmatched terminal air and missile defence capabilities.

“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.”

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