Lockheed 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.
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.