Lockheed Martin has secured a $6.07bn contract for the production of Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) interceptors and associated equipment for the US Army.
Under the contract, production and delivery will include PAC-3 MSE interceptors, launcher modification kits and associated equipment.
Supporting US and global customers, the systems will be delivered across FY21, FY22 and FY23 contract years.
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control Integrated Air & Missile Defense vice-president Scott Arnold said: “This contract demonstrates our customer’s continued confidence in our ability to deliver unmatched Hit-to-Kill technology that defeats the ever-expanding global threats of today and tomorrow.
“PAC-3 MSE is one of the most capable multi-mission interceptors, enabling our customers to defend against advanced tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and aircraft.”
The interceptors will be assembled in an 85,000ft² expansion at the Camden, Arkansas, facility.
Construction of the facility is expected to conclude by next year, following which operations will commence in 2022.
The US, Qatar, Japan, Romania, Poland, the UAE, Sweden, Korea, Bahrain and Germany have signed agreements for the procurement of the interceptors.
In a separate development, Lockheed Martin has successfully tested its next-generation long-range missile designed for the US Army’s Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) programme at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.
The demonstrations were conducted under the Technology Maturation and Risk Reduction phase of the programme.
Fired from the company’s High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launcher, PrSM flew accurately to the target area.
The test objectives included confirming flight trajectory, range and accuracy from launch to warhead event, warhead lethality, HIMARS launcher integration and overall missile performance.
The surface-to-surface weapon system will deliver enhanced capabilities for attacking, neutralising, suppressing and destroying targets on the battlefield.