Lockheed Martin has received a $1.5bn contract to supply Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missiles and PAC-3 missile segment enhancement (PAC-3 MSE) missiles to the US and allied military forces.
The contract covers deliveries of PAC-3 and PAC-3 MSE interceptors for the US Army and foreign military sales of PAC-3 interceptors, associated equipment, and spares for South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Taiwan, and the UAE.
Lockheed Martin PAC-3 programmes vice-president Scott Arnold said: "The PAC-3 and the PAC-3 MSE interceptors are the most advanced, capable, and reliable terminal air defence missiles in the world.
"As threats grow in complexity, these interceptors will continue to be in high demand to protect soldiers and citizens around the globe."
An upgraded variant of the Patriot missile, the 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 by direct, body-to-body impact.
An upgraded version of combat proven PAC-3 air defence missile, the PAC-3 missile segment features PAC-3 missile, a highly agile hit-to-kill interceptor, PAC-3 missile canisters, a fire solution computer, an enhanced launcher electronics system, and launcher support hardware.
The missile also uses a two-pulse solid rocket motor that increases altitude and range to address a broad spectrum of evolving threats.
The PAC-3 currently provides missile defence capabilities for six countries, including the US, the Netherlands, Germany, Japan, Taiwan, and the UAE.
Lockheed is on contract to supply the missiles to four additional nations, namely Kuwait, Qatar, South Korea, and Saudi Arabia.
Image: PAC-3 MSE features PAC-3 missile, a highly agile hit-to-kill interceptor, PAC-3 missile canisters, a fire solution computer, an enhanced launcher electronics system and launcher support hardware. Photo: © 2015 Lockheed Martin Corporation.