Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Missiles successfully intercepted and destroyed an incoming tactical ballistic missile (TBM) and a low-altitude cruise missile in a dual test today at White Sands Missile Range, NM. The battle-proven PAC-3 Missile is the world's only fielded hit-to-kill, kinetic
energy air defense missile.
In the dual engagement test, two PAC-3 Missiles were "ripple-fired" at an
incoming Patriot-As-A-Target (PAAT) TBM, a legacy Patriot missile modified to
represent a short-range TBM. In a second simultaneous engagement, a single
PAC-3 Missile was fired at a low-flying MQM-107D cruise missile target.
Preliminary data indicates both the TBM target and cruise missile target were
destroyed. All test objectives were met.
"This was an outstanding demonstration of the ability of the PAC-3 Missile
to defeat the entire threat to the Patriot system," said Steve Graham, vice
president - PAC-3 Missile program for Lockheed Martin. "This was our fifth
successful "ripple-fire" of PAC-3 Missiles against TBMs, both in flight
testing and in combat. These tests continue to prove that PAC-3 can
effectively protect deployed troops and other high-value assets from a variety
of contemporary threats."
Test objectives included demonstrating the system's ability to detect,
track and engage a TBM and cruise missile simultaneously, and validating the
performance of several components of the PAC-3 Missile that were part of on-
going cost reduction initiatives. These include an Advanced Master Frequency
Generator (AMFG), Multi-Band Radio Frequency Data Link (MRFDL) and a
Simplified Inertial Measurement Unit (SIMU).
"We demonstrated several upgraded components during today's flights,"
Graham added. "These improvements add greater functionality to the system
while reducing overall missile cost."
The 'hit-to-kill' PAC-3 Missile is the world's most advanced, capable and
powerful theater air defense missile. It defeats the entire threat to the
Patriot Air Defense System: tactical ballistic missiles (TBMs) carrying
weapons of mass destruction, advanced cruise missiles and aircraft. PAC-3
Missiles significantly increase the Patriot system's firepower, since 16
PAC-3s load-out on a Patriot launcher, compared with four of the older Patriot
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control is prime contractor on the PAC-3
Missile Segment upgrade to the Patriot air defense system. The PAC-3 Missile
Segment upgrade consists of the PAC-3 Missile, a highly agile hit-to-kill
interceptor, the PAC-3 Missile canisters (in four packs), a Fire Solution
Computer and an Enhanced Launcher Electronics System. These elements are
being integrated into the Patriot system, a high to medium altitude, long-
range air defense missile system providing air defense of ground combat forces
and high-value assets.
The PAC-3 Missile has been selected as the primary interceptor for the
multi-national Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS). Managed by the
NATO MEADS Management Agency (NAMEADSMA), MEADS is a model transatlantic
development program focused on the next generation of air and missile defense.
MEADS will focus on risk reduction, application of key technologies and
validation of a system design incorporating the PAC-3 Missile as the prime
The Patriot PAC-3 program is managed by the U.S. Army and executed by the
Army Program Executive Office, Air, Space and Missile Defense and the Lower
Tier Air and Missile Defense Project Office in Huntsville, AL.
Lockheed Martin is a world leader in systems integration and the
development of air and missile defense systems and technologies, including the
first operational hit-to-kill missile defense system. It also has
considerable experience in missile design and production, infrared seekers,
command and control/battle management, and communications, precision pointing
and tracking optics, as well as radar and signal processing. The company
makes significant contributions to all major U.S. missile defense systems and
participates in several global missile defense partnerships.
Headquartered in Bethesda, MD, Lockheed Martin employs about 130,000
people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design,
development, manufacture and integration of advanced technology systems,
products and services.