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Lockheed Martin Adds to PAC-3 System Development

Dec. 10, 2021
The PAC-3 missile system features a unique solid-fuel drive system that provides long-range coverage for precise hit-to-kill capability.

Lockheed Martin Global, Inc. (LMGI) has received a $94 million firm fixed price contract from the U.S. Army for continued development of the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missile. LMGI, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corp., received the contract as part of an online Internet-solicited bid. The Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) of the PAC-3 program involves development and testing of the hit-to-kill interceptor missile which incorporates a revolutionary two-pulse solid-fuel rocket engine.

The PAC-3 MSE missile (see the figure) has already been successfully tested for interoperability between the U S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command and the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) when using the PAC-3 missile between the Patriot system and the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) weapons system as part of exercises at White Sands Missile Range (NM) in October 2021. As part of the test, the THAAD AN/TPY-2 radar system tracked a Black Dagger target and provided data to the PAC-3 missile and Patriot defense system.

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Jack Browne | Technical Contributor

Jack Browne, Technical Contributor, has worked in technical publishing for over 30 years. He managed the content and production of three technical journals while at the American Institute of Physics, including Medical Physics and the Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology. He has been a Publisher and Editor for Penton Media, started the firm’s Wireless Symposium & Exhibition trade show in 1993, and currently serves as Technical Contributor for that company's Microwaves & RF magazine. Browne, who holds a BS in Mathematics from City College of New York and BA degrees in English and Philosophy from Fordham University, is a member of the IEEE.

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