Fire testing of two Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Cost Reduction Initiative (CRI) interceptors has been successfully carried out by the US Army at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, US.
During the test, the two interceptors were able to successfully obstruct two tactical ballistic missile targets, making 11 successful PAC-3 CRI intercepts in six years.
Developed by Lockheed Martin, 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 missile defence flight test carried out by the US Army demonstrated the hit-to-kill capability of the PAC-3 family of missiles. They are used to protect the army against threats through body-to-body contact.
In addition, the trials demonstrated the interceptor’s ability to detect, track and intercept incoming missiles while addressing fielded reliability requirements.
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control PAC-3 Programmes vice-president Jay Pitman said: “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.
“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.”
To date, 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 help protect against incoming threats, such as tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, and aircraft.
In September, Lockheed Martin conducted the first ever PAC-3 MSE interceptor flight testing, which successfully intercepted a tactical ballistic missile target at the Reagan Test Site at the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands.