The Swedish Government has formalised an agreement with the US to acquire the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) missiles and related support equipment.

Built by Lockheed Martin, PAC-3 is an advanced, capable and powerful theatre air defence missile that uses ‘hit-to-kill’ technology that engages threats through kinetic energy through body-to-body contact.

The company serves as the prime contractor on the PAC-3 MSE upgrade to the Patriot air defence system.

The upgrade helps expand the lethal battlespace with a dual-pulse solid rocket motor, thereby ensuring enhanced performance in altitude and range.

PAC-3 MSE is a high-velocity interceptor that protects soldiers against incoming threats, including tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and aircraft.

“We’re honoured to partner with Sweden on their efforts to protect and defend their armed forces, citizens and infrastructure.”

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control PAC-3 vice-president Jay Pitman said: “We’re honoured to partner with Sweden on their efforts to protect and defend their armed forces, citizens and infrastructure.

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“Today’s global security environment demands reliable hit-to-kill technology and innovative solutions. PAC-3 MSE interceptors will provide Sweden with a formidable layer of defence.”

With the signing of the contract, Sweden will become the sixth international customer to procure the PAC-3 MSE missile.

The US, Qatar, Japan, Romania, Poland and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are the other nations to procure the PAC-3 missiles.

The Government of Sweden has also signed a Letter of Offer and Acceptance to acquire Raytheon’s Patriot air and missile defence system from the US Army.

Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems president Wes Kremer said: “Patriot in Sweden will enhance Northern European security and further strengthen the Trans-Atlantic partnership by providing a common approach to Integrated Air and Missile Defense.”