A Lockheed Martin PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) missile intercepted a full-scale air breathing target at White Sands Missile Range as part of the Post Deployment Build eight (PDB-8) test program.
The launch demonstrated the interceptor's ability to detect, track, engage and intercept an aircraft.
"This test series has demonstrated the effectiveness of the PAC-3 MSE hit-to-kill interceptor against a wide range of targets, including air-breathing targets and ballistic missiles. We're proud to deliver this overmatch capability to our warfighters," said Scott Arnold, vice president of PAC-3 programs at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control Saturday.
The PAC-3 Missile is a high-velocity interceptor that uses hit-to-kill technology to defend against incoming threats including tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and aircraft.
Building on the battle-proven PAC-3 missile, the PAC-3 MSE brings a larger, dual-pulse solid rocket motor, larger control fins and upgraded support system. The enhancements nearly double the missile's reach, and dramatically improve performance against evolving ballistic- and cruise-missile threats.