Lockheed Martin‘s Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missile has successfully intercepted an incoming target during a US Army flight test at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.

The PAC-3 missile detected, tracked and intercepted a Patriot-as-a-Target (PAAT), a Patriot missile modified to be used as a tactical ballistic missile.

Lockheed Martin missiles and fire control PAC-3 programmes vice-president Scott Arnold said: "The PAC-3 Missile continues to demonstrate its reliability in the field, and it remains the only combat proven hit-to-kill interceptor in the world.

"As global threats escalate, we expect PAC-3 interceptors to continue serving as a critical defence layer in the protection of soldiers, citizens and infrastructure."

The PAC-3 missile recently intercepted an airborne target during the army’s integrated air and missile defense battle command system (IBCS) flight test at White Sands.

"The PAC-3 Missile continues to demonstrate its reliability in the field."

The PAC-3 missile is a high-velocity interceptor designed to destroy incoming threats, such as tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, and aircraft using hit-to-kill technology.

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The missile currently offers defence capabilities for six nations, including the US, the Netherlands, Germany, Japan, the UAE, and Taiwan.

Lockheed Martin have also been contracted by Kuwait, Qatar, South Korea, and Saudi Arabia for the PAC-3 missile.

The firm recently delivered the first upgraded PAC-3 missile segment enhancement (MSE) interceptors to the US Army.

The new interceptors feature improved mobility and range, and are expected to significantly upgrade the army’s missile defence capabilities against evolving threats worldwide.

Image: A PAC-3 interceptor blasts away from its launcher during a flight test at White Sands. Photo: courtesy of Lockheed Martin Corporation.