Lockheed Martin announced this week its enhanced PAC-3 missile, the PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement, proved successful in intercepting incoming missiles during testing.
Building on existing patriot missile technology, the PAC-3 MSE uses threat detection hardware and software, and increases altitude and range of the PAC-3 Cost Reduction Initiative missile.
“We continue to test the PAC-3 MSE missile at higher altitudes and against more challenging targets, and it continues to meet expectations,” said Richard McDaniel, director of PAC-3 Missile Programs at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “We look forward to delivering this important enhanced capability to the warfighter in the near future.”
The PAC-3 will be used in conjunction with the Patriot or Medium Extended Air Defense System launchers. The MEADS program completed production in 2010 and is currently in testing.