PAC-3 mis­siles in­ter­cept TBM tar­get


Lock­heed Martin’s PAC-3 mis­sile suc­cess­fully de­tected, tracked and in­ter­cepted a tac­ti­cal bal­lis­tic mis­sile (TBM) in a lower tier pro­ject of­fice flight test re­cently at White Sands Mis­sile Range, New Mex­ico.

Two PAC-3 mis­siles were rip­ple-fired in the test per cur­rent doc­trine. The first in­ter­cep­tor de­stroyed the tar­get and the sec­ond PAC-3 mis­sile self-de­struc­ted as planned. Mis­sion ob­jec­tives were fo­cused on re­duc­ing risk for a flight test of the PAC-3 Mis­sile Seg­ment En­hance­ment (MSE) sched­uled later this year.

“To­day’s flight test pro­vided us the op­por­tu­nity to demon­strate the PAC-3 Mis­sile against a chal­leng­ing TBM tar­get,” said Richard McDaniel, Vice Pres­i­dent of PAC-3 Mis­sile pro­grammes at Lock­heed Martin Mis­siles and Fire Con­trol. “Our pre­lim­i­nary data in­di­cate that all ob­jec­tives were achieved.”

The PAC-3 and MSE Mis­siles are two of the world’s most ad­vanced, ca­pa­ble and re­li­able theatre air de­fence mis­siles. They de­feat tac­ti­cal bal­lis­tic and air breath­ing tar­gets. As the most tech­no­log­i­cally ad­vanced mis­sile for the Pa­triot air de­fence sys­tem, PAC-3 sig­nif­i­cantly in­creases the Pa­triot sys­tem’s fire­power, al­low­ing 16 PAC-3 Mis­siles to be loaded in place of just four legacy Pa­triot PAC-2 mis­siles on the launcher.

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