The tests conducted included detection, tracking, and interception of aerodynamic tactical ballistic missile targets.
Richard McDaniel, vice president of PAC-3 Missile programs in Lockheed Martin’s Missiles and Fire Control business, shared that they are continuously improving the features of the PAC-3 Missile to improve its potency during critical missions.
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The test also involved ripple fire engagement which matched 2 PAC-3 Missiles against one target. The release said the first missile demolished the target while the succeeding missile self-destructed.
The PAC-3 has the power to supress advanced tactical ballistic and cruise missiles as well as fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft according to Lockheed.
The PAC-3 Missile was developed for the PATRIOT air defense system. Due to its capabilities, it can heighten the PATRIOT system’s firepower and permit the loading of 16 PAC-3 Missiles for each launcher.
Lockheed Martin has previously operated in the fields of missile design and production, infrared seekers, command and control/battle management, communications, precision pointing and tracking optics, and radar and signal processing.