The PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) units worked with the U.S. Army’s Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System (IBCS) for the first time to intercept ballistic missiles during flight tests conducted earlier this month.
Lockheed Martin announced today, “In flight tests on Nov. 4, the company demonstrated significant milestones for the PAC-3 program, including the first integration of the PAC-3 MSE with the U.S. Army IBCS.”
During the flight test series, two PAC-3 MSE missiles successfully engaged from IBCS and intercepted tactical ballistic missile (TBM) threats over White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. These marked the first Field Surveillance Program (FSP) tests for PAC-3 MSE. FSP missions confirm the reliability and readiness of fielded PAC-3 missiles and normally occur annually.
An evolution of the PAC-3 CRI, the PAC-3 MSE boasts a dual-pulse solid rocket motor, providing increased performance in altitude and range to defend against incoming threats, including tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and aircraft.