US Army’s PAC-3 MSE intercepts air-breathing threat during test

30 July 2018 (Last Updated July 30th, 2018 11:34)

The US Army has used a Patriot Advanced Capability 3 (PAC-3) missile segment enhancement (MSE) interceptor to successfully intercept an air-breathing threat (ABT), which represents fixed-wing aircraft or cruise missiles.

US Army’s PAC-3 MSE intercepts air-breathing threat during test
The PAC-3 MSE interceptor conducts hit-to-kill intercept against an ABT. Credit: PRNewsfoto / Lockheed Martin.

The US Army has used a Patriot Advanced Capability 3 (PAC-3) missile segment enhancement (MSE) interceptor to successfully intercept an air-breathing threat (ABT), which represents fixed-wing aircraft or cruise missiles.

The missile defence flight test demonstrated the hit-to-kill capability of the PAC-3 family of missiles, which are used to defend against threats through body-to-body contact.

During the test conducted at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, the US Army reconfirmed PAC-3 MSE’s ability to detect, track and intercept incoming ABTs or missiles.

The test was carried out by representatives from the US Army and a current Foreign Military Sales PAC-3 MSE customer.

“PAC-3 MSE continues to be successful against today’s evolving threats, and this most recent test validates its effectiveness at extreme distances.”

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control PAC-3 programmes vice-president Jay Pitman said: “PAC-3 MSE continues to be successful against today’s evolving threats, and this most recent test validates its effectiveness at extreme distances.

“Today’s global security environment demands reliable solutions. We expect PAC-3 hit-to-kill interceptors to continue serving as an essential element in integrated, layered defence systems.”

The PAC-3 cost reduction initiative (CRI) and MSE are high-velocity interceptors that defend against incoming threats, including tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and aircraft.

To date, 12 nations across the globe have acquired the PAC-3 missile defence interceptor. These comprise the US, Germany, Kuwait, Japan, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Romania, Poland, the Netherlands and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).