Lockheed Martin’s PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) interceptor has successfully intercepted an Air-Breathing Threat (ABT) in a long range intercept test. The PAC-3 CRI and MSE are high-velocity interceptors that defend against incoming threats, including tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and aircraft.
The recent test took place at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico and marked the furthest distance a PAC-3 MSE missile has intercepted an ABT.
“PAC-3 MSE continues to be successful against today’s evolving threats, and this most recent test validates its effectiveness at extreme distances,” said Jay Pitman, vice president of PAC-3 programs at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “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 defense systems.”
The ABT represents fixed-wing aircraft or cruise missiles.
The PAC-3 family of missiles, feature a unique Hit-to-Kill capability in which they defends against threats through body-to-body contact.
Customers for the PAC-3 missile defense interceptor, currently number 12 – the US, Germany, Kuwait, Japan, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Romania, Poland, the Netherlands and the United Arab Emirates.