Latest Patriot missiles efficiently intercepted tactical ballistic missile targets

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Two latest Patriot missiles, PAC-Three Price Discount Initiative (CRI) interceptors, efficiently intercepted two tactical ballistic missile targets in the present day in a check at White Sands Missile Vary, New Mexico.

The PAC-Three missile, which is a “hit-to-kill” weapon, represents the following era Patriot missile and offers expanded battlespace efficiency towards evolving threats.

The PAC-Three system additionally has improved lethality towards enemy plane or cruise missiles, with its high-explosive fragmentation warhead.

The PAC-Three CRI intercepts help the U.S. Military’s Discipline Surveillance Program (FSP) making certain the reliability and readiness of fielded PAC-Three missiles. The check additionally marked the twelfth and thirteenth profitable PAC-Three CRI FSP intercepts in seven years.

The U.S. Military-led missile protection flight check demonstrated the distinctive Hit-to-Kill functionality of the PAC-Three household of missiles which defends towards threats via body-to-body contact. The check additionally reconfirmed PAC-Three CRI’s potential to detect, monitor and intercept incoming missiles whereas assembly fielded reliability necessities. The check was noticed by representatives from the U.S. Military and present and potential Overseas Navy Gross sales PAC-Three prospects.

“PAC-Three continues its lengthy historical past of reliability and readiness within the area and stays the one fight confirmed Hit-to-Kill interceptor on the planet,” stated Jay Pitman, vice chairman of PAC-Three packages at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fireplace Management. “Right now’s international safety setting calls for dependable options. We count on PAC-Three interceptors to proceed serving as a vital component in built-in, layered protection methods.”

The PAC-Three CRI and MSE are high-velocity interceptors that defend towards incoming threats, together with tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and plane. Fourteen nations have procured the PAC-Three missile protection interceptor: the U.S., GermanyKuwaitJapanQatar, Republic of Korea, Kingdom of Saudi ArabiaTaiwanthe NetherlandsUnited Arab EmiratesRomaniaPolandSweden and Bahrain.