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posted 26-10-2001 04:43    
Lockheed Martin's PAC-3 missile intercepts advanced cruise missile target

22 October 2001

The Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Missile programme completed its Developmental Testing today by intercepting and destroying an advanced cruise missile target at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. The target BQM-74 cruise missile was flying at a very low altitude in a cluttered background. The programme now moves into the Operational Testing phase.

The PAC-3 Missile boasts 12 successes out of 13 missile flights over the past three years, with nine intercepts in 10 attempts, an overall 92 percent success rate for the flight test programme.

The PAC-3 Missile, now in low-rate production, is a high velocity, hit-to-kill missile and is the next generation Patriot missile being developed to provide increased capability against advanced theater ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and hostile aircraft. The PAC-3 Missile defeats incoming targets by direct, body-to-body impact. The PAC-3 Missiles, when deployed in a Patriot battery, will significantly increase the Patriot system's firepower, since 16 PAC-3 Missiles load-out on a Patriot launcher, compared with four of the old Patriot missiles.

"The PAC-3 Missile has been tremendously successful during Developmental Testing," said Jim Berry, president of Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. "We have proven conclusively through these tests that the PAC-3 Missile is fully capable of defeating the entire threat to the Patriot air defence system: tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and aircraft. "

"The Army continues to be quite pleased with the performance of the PAC-3 Missile and the upgraded Patriot ground equipment," said Col. Tom Newberry, Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense project manager. "Today's PAC-3 flight test success further demonstrates the effectiveness of this important theatre air defense system, and underscores the confidence we have in its ability to defeat today's sophisticated threats."

"For the projected US Army production run on PAC-3, we've been able to achieve cost-savings that place the average unit price of the missile just above $2 million each. And when we add expected foreign PAC-3 Missile production, we're talking about a missile that will be well below the $2 million mark," said Berry.

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Dallas, Texas, is the prime contractor responsible for the PAC-3 Missile segment upgrade to the Patriot air defense system, which consists of the PAC-3 Missile, the missile canisters, the Fire Solution Computer and the Enhanced Launcher Electronics System.

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