Missile Defense: Patriot PAC-3 Missile Test Success With Key Ally

The Engineer Online

The German Air Force, with support from Lockheed Martin and the US Army, has conducted the second international PAC-3 Missile test at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.

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 Above: Patriot system of the German Luftwaffe

The test marked the first time a German Patriot launcher with Configuration-3 upgrades had fired a Patriot Advanced Capability (PAC-3) Missile. Upgrades include the PAC-3 Missile Segment launcher, the Fire Solution Computer and the Enhanced Launcher Electronics System (ELES).

The Patriot air defence system is a long-range, high to medium altitude missile system and Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor on the PAC-3 Missile Segment upgrade. The PAC-3 Missile will increase the Patriot’s firepower from an output of four to 16.

Lieutenant colonel Anthony Brown, PAC-3 product manager, said: ‘The successful flight test marks another significant milestone for both the Program Executive Office, Missiles and Space and our allies. We continue to build on the legacy of this superb weapon system as a key element for the free world’s defence.’

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