The Lockheed Martin-developed PAC-3 missile segment enhancement (MSE) interceptor detected, tracked and intercepted a tactical ballistic missile target in a test at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, on June 25.
According to the company, the test verified missile software and hardware component upgrades that enable future performance of the PAC-3 MSE interceptor to keep pace against expanding threats.
“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 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 this year, Lockheed Martin received a $6.07 billion US Army contract for the production of the interceptors and associated equipment.