US Army Gets 1000th PAC-3 Missile

23 September 2010 (Last Updated September 23rd, 2010 18:30)

The US Army has received its 1,000th Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missile from Lockheed Martin. The PAC-3 missile is a high-velocity interceptor that defeats incoming targets by direct, body-to-body impact. The first hit-to-kill interceptor produced by the US is ca

The US Army has received its 1,000th Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missile from Lockheed Martin.

The PAC-3 missile is a high-velocity interceptor that defeats incoming targets by direct, body-to-body impact.

The first hit-to-kill interceptor produced by the US is capable of destroying tactical ballistic missiles (TBMs) carrying weapons of mass destruction, advanced cruise missiles and aircraft.

The PAC-3 missile features a solid propellant rocket motor, aerodynamic controls, attitude control motors (ACMs) and inertial guidance to navigate.

The US allies that have pressed the PAC-3 missile into service include the Netherlands, Germany, Japan, the United Arab Emirates and Taiwan.