Patriot PAC-3 Missile Intercepts Target Rocket In Test

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Patriot PAC-3 Missile Intercepts Target Rocket In Test
A PAC-3 interceptor blasts away from its launcher during a flight test at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico (Image:Lockheed Martin)

A Lockheed Martin PAC-3 Missile successfully intercepted an incoming target as part of a US Army-led missile defense flight test.

The PAC-3 interceptor successfully detected, tracked and intercepted a Patriot-as-a-Target (PAAT) on Thursday, Nov. 19, at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, the company said in a statement Tuesday.

The intercept is the second successful PAC-3 test in just under one week. On Thursday, Nov. 12, a PAC-3 also intercepted an airborne target as part of the US Army’s Integrated Air & Missile Defense Battle Command System (IBCS) fight test at White Sands.

The PAC-3 Missile is a high-velocity interceptor that defends against incoming threats including tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and aircraft using hit-to-kill technology.

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