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Lockheed PAC-3 Missile Interceptor Reaches IOC Status; Scott Arnold Comments

Lockheed PAC-3 Missile Interceptor Reaches IOC Status; Scott Arnold Comments - top government contractors - best government contracting event

MissileDefenseThe Lockheed Martin-built PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement interceptor has received initial operational capability designation from the U.S. Army.

The company's PAC-3 MSE achieved the IOC status two years after Lockheed obtained  milestone C approval for the missile interception system and received its initial contract for the technology from the service branch in 2014, Lockheed said Tuesday.

Scott Arnold, vice president of PAC-3 programs at Lockheed's missiles and fire control business, said the IOC designation seeks to provide warfighters access to an interceptor that works against “the full spectrum of lower-tier threats.“

Lockheed delivered the first PAC-3 MSE interceptors to the service branch in October after the company introduced updates to the missile, such as the integration of larger solid-rocket motors and installation of new support systems and control fins.

The PAC-3 missile uses a hit-to-kill technology platform that works to counter tactical ballistic missiles, aircraft and cruise missiles.

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Written by Jane Edwards

is a staff writer at Executive Mosaic, where she writes for ExecutiveBiz about IT modernization, cybersecurity, space procurement and industry leaders’ perspectives on government technology trends.

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