Three PAC-3 MSE missiles engage ballistic and cruise-missile threats

12 June 2013

Lockheed Martin PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) missiles successfully engaged, intercepted and destroyed two different threat-representative targets during a flight test conducted at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.

A salvo of two missiles was fired against an advanced tactical ballistic missile (TBM) target. The first successfully engaged the simulated threat, so the second self-destructed as planned. A third PAC-3 MSE missile engaged a BQM-74 target simulating a cruise missile. Preliminary data indicates that all test objectives were achieved.

"Today's test provides the final flight-test data required to demonstrate the design maturity of the PAC-3 MSE configuration and its readiness to enter production," said Richard McDaniel, vice-president of PAC-3 programmes at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.

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