Lockheed Martin PAC-3 Missile Achieves Initial Operational Capability

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Lockheed Martin PAC-3 Missile Achieves Initial Operational Capability
PAC-3 MSE (Image: Lockheed Martin)

The US Army recently declared Initial Operational Capability (IOC) for the Lockheed Martin PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) interceptor.

"This is an extremely significant milestone in the maturity of our PAC-3 MSE interceptor, providing the warfighter with a more advanced hit-to-kill interceptor against the full spectrum of lower-tier threats," said Scott Arnold, vice president of PAC-3 programs at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control Wednesday.

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. The U.S Armyselected PAC-3 in 1994 to increase the intercept capability in the heritage Patriot system against TBMs. In 2003, Lockheed Martin received a contract to increase the altitude and range of the PAC-3 missile. PAC-3 MSE achieved Milestone C in early 2014 and Lockheed Martin received the first U.S. contract that same year.

PAC-3 MSE includes a larger, more powerful dual-pulse solid rocket motor for added thrust, along with larger fins and other structural modifications to increase agility. These enhancements nearly double the PAC-3's reach and dramatically improve performance against evolving threats.

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