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2018-04-01

Interceptor Test Proves Hit-to-Kill PAC-3 Reliability

Two Lockheed Martin PAC-3 Cost Reduction Initiative (CRI) interceptors successfully intercepted two tactical ballistic missile targets recently in a test at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. The PAC-3 CRI intercepts support the US Army’s Field Surveillance Programme (FSP) ensuring the reliability and readiness of fielded PAC-3 missiles. The test also marked the 10th and 11th successful PAC-3 CRI FSP intercepts in six years. More than 60 PAC-3 CRI and Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) interceptors have achieved flight test success at White Sands Missile Range.
 
The PAC-3 CRI and MSE are high-velocity interceptors that defend against incoming threats, including tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and aircraft. Nations that have procured the PAC-3 missile defence interceptor include the US, Germany, Kuwait, Japan, Republic of Korea, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Romania, the Netherlands and the UAE. 
 
The US Army-led missile defence flight test demonstrated the unique Hit-to-Kill capability of the PAC-3 family of missiles, which defends against threats through body-to-body contact. The test also reconfirmed PAC-3 CRI’s ability to detect, track and intercept incoming missiles while meeting fielded reliability requirements. Representatives from the US Army and current and potential Foreign Military Sales PAC-3 customers observed the test.
 
“PAC-3 continues to be successful against today’s evolving threats, and it remains the only combat proven Hit-to-Kill interceptor in the world,” said Jay Pitman, Vice President of PAC-3 programmes at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “Today’s global security environment demands reliable solutions. We expect PAC-3 interceptors to continue serving as an essential element in integrated, layered defence systems.” 
 

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