Lockheed Martin has been awarded a contract for the production and delivery of additional Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missile segment enhancement (MSE) missiles and related equipment to the US Army.
Awarded by the US Army Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM), the $755m contract represents the 14th production procurement of PAC-3 missile segment by the US Government, and covers 2013 missile and command launch system production for the US Army and a PAC-3 follow-on sale to Taiwan.
Under the contract, Lockheed Martin will manufacture and deliver 168 PAC-3 missiles, 27 launcher modification kits and associated tooling, as well as programme management and services.
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control PAC-3 programmes vice president Richard McDaniel said the PAC-3 missile has been increasingly sought by the US and other governments worldwide.
"We continue to see expanding interest from all Patriot-using nations, as well as from countries that want to acquire the PAC-3 missile segment for the first time," McDaniel added.
The PAC-3 MSE is an upgraded version of combat proven PAC-3 air defence missile, featuring a powerful motor, larger fins and other structural modifications that provide increased manoeuvrability against faster and advanced ballistic and cruise missiles.
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control serves as prime contractor for the PAC-3 MSE missile upgrade, which was selected as primary interceptor for the MEADS in September 2006.
PAC-3 is an advanced, hit-to-kill air defence projectile weapon designed to defeat a broad spectrum of incoming TBMs and cruise missiles, as well as aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) by direct, body-to-body impact.
Manufacturing work is scheduled to be carried out at the company's US facilities in Texas, Massachusetts and Florida, as well as its PAC-3 all-up round facility in Arkansas, with deliveries due to start in the first half of 2014.
Image: Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missiles were deployed by the US Army during Operation Iraqi Freedom in Kuwait. Photo: file image.