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PAC-3 anti-ballistic missile successfully tested

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September 19, 2008

The PAC-3 missile is the first hit-to-kill interceptor produced by the USA, and has greatl...

The PAC-3 missile is the first hit-to-kill interceptor produced by the USA, and has greatly increased the capability of the Patriot system.

September 19, 2008 Lockheed Martin and the Japanese Self Defense Force have successfully tested the PAC-3 Missile against a tactical ballistic missile target, at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. The PAC-3 Missile Segment is an upgrade to the Patriot air defense system, and is designed to detect, track, engage and destroy TBMs.

The PAC-3 missile is the first hit-to-kill interceptor produced by the USA, and has greatly increased the capability of the Patriot system. As well as including the K band active radar seeker, it is substantially smaller - 16 PAC-3s can be loaded in the place of four PAC-2s.

Patriot, (sometimes known as Protection Against Threats, Real, Imagined, or Theorized), is a high-to-medium altitude, long-range air defense missile system that protects ground forces and assets against tactical ballistic missiles, evolving cruise missiles and fixed and rotary winged aircraft. The PAC-3 Missile Segment upgrade includes the PAC-3 Missile, the PAC-3 Missile canisters (in four packs), a fire solution computer and an Enhanced Launcher Electronics System.

"The PAC-3 Missile provides combat proven hit-to-kill technology to protect the Warfighter with continued lethality overmatch against technologically advanced threats on today's battlefield," said Mike Trotsky, vice president, Air & Missile Defense Programs at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. "We are particularly proud to celebrate the first FMS PAC-3 Missile test with our Japanese allies."

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