Lockheed Air Defense Missile Launches from Raytheon System; Richard McDaniel, Sanjay Kapoor Comment

PAC-3 Erint MissileLockheed Martin test-fired an air defense missile by launching it from a Raytheon-made system during an exercise held Thursday at White Sands Missile Range, N.M.

Two Lockheed Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missiles launched from Raytheon’s Patriot Air and Missile Defense System and worked to engage against ballistic targets, Lockheed said Thursday.

The company reports the first PAC-3 missile intercepted its target while the second missile self-destructed as part of the demonstration.

Richard McDaniel, vice president of PAC-3 programs at Lockheed’s missiles and fire control business, said the company developed the PAC-3 with the goal of helping militaries defend against tactical ballistic missiles.

“The capability PAC-3 provides continues to draw significant interest from a number of international customers,” added McDaniel.

Sanjay Kapoor, vice president of integrated air and missile defense for Raytheon’s integrated defense systems business, said warfighters and customers use PAC-3 missiles for safety and security missions.

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