Lockheed Martin has secured a $944m contract for the production and supply of Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) and PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (PAC-3 MSE) interceptors.
The weapons will be used by the US and allied military forces to upgrade and modernise their missile defence capabilities.
Lockheed Martin will deliver the PAC-3 and PAC-3 MSE missiles and launcher modification kits to the US Army, Romania and other foreign military sales (FMS) customers.
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control Integrated Air and Missile Defence vice-president and deputy Scott Arnold said: “PAC-3 and PAC-3 MSE provide our customers and especially the deployed warfighter with unmatched terminal air and missile defence capabilities.
“PAC-3 and PAC-3 MSE are trusted and reliable interceptors that employ advanced hit-to-kill technology, enabling better accuracy, enhanced safety and improved lethality when it matters most.”
The PAC-3 terminal air defence missile is a high-velocity interceptor that helps defend incoming threats, including tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and aircraft.
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The PAC-3 MSE uses a two-pulse solid rocket motor that enhances altitude and range to defeat evolving threats.
Currently, the weapon offers defence capabilities for the US, Germany, Kuwait, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the United Arab Emirates and other countries.