A Lockheed Martin PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (PAC-3 MSE) Missile successfully detected on the 17th of March, tracked and intercepted a tactical ballistic missile (TBM) target today at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, as part of a U.S. Army-led flight test.
“The PAC-3 MSE continues to demonstrate its reliability and hit-to-kill capability,” said Scott Arnold, vice president of PAC-3 programs at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “The enhancements of the MSE will provide the warfighter with the tools needed to defend against current and evolving threats.”
The PAC-3 Missile is a high-velocity interceptor that uses hit-to-kill technology to defend against incoming threats, including TBMs, cruise missiles and aircraft.
Building on the battle-proven PAC-3 Missile, the PAC-3 MSE brings a larger, dual-pulse solid rocket motor, larger control fins and an upgraded support system. These enhancements nearly double the missile’s reach, and dramatically improve performance against missile threats.