Patriot PAC-3 CRI  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2020
Maiden Flight: 2011
Total Production: ?
Also Known As: PAC-3 Cost Reduction Initiative
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Lockheed Martin
Parent System: Patriot
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1985
Total Production: 8,600
Family Members: Patriot, Patriot PAC-2, Patriot PAC-3 and Patriot PAC-3 MSE
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Description: The Patriot missile was designed to counter short-range (also known as theater) ballistic missiles. It features a track-via-missile guidance system that allows MPQ-53 radar to steer it toward the target (incoming ballistic missile). In the terminal phase of the flight the Patriot missile transmits targets position updated data to the ground stations and the MSQ-104's computer sends back to the Patriot missile correction calculations. The corrected data enables the Patriot missile to intercept the ballistic missile. Usually the speed of both the ballistic missile and the Patriot missile are in excess of 5,000 km/h. The Patriot missile was intended against ballistic targets and aircraft. The production Patriot missile is supplied inside an aluminum canister that acts as a launch tube and storage container.

The Patriot PAC-3 Cost Reduction Initiative (CRI) is a new variant of the PAC-3 missile featuring extended range against both air breathing and ballistic threats among other enhancements. The PAC-3 CRI was first test launched in 2011 and is expected to enter service within the Patriot integrated air and missile defense system by 2020.

Patriot PAC-3 CRI Specifications

Max Range: 100 kilometer (54 nautical mile)
Target's Max Altitude: 40,000 meter (21.6 nautical mile)
Top Speed: 5 mach (5,978 kph)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
Meters (m)   Kilometers (km)   Nautic Miles (nm)   Inch (in)   Yard (yd)   Foot (ft)   Millimeter (mm)
Pound (lb)   Kilogram (kg)   kN (KiloNewton)   Ton (t)
Meters per Second (mps)   Kilometers per Hour (kph)   Knot (kt)   Miles per Hour (mph)
Liter (l)   Galon (gl)
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Shaft-Horse-Power (shp)

Patriot PAC-3 CRI News

There are 8 news between
6 Sep 2006 and 7 Nov 2019
Thursday, November 7, 2019Two Patriot PAC-3 CRI Interceptors Successfully Destroy Two Ballistic Missile Targbets during Test
Thursday, August 29, 2019PAC-3 CRI Conducts Intercept Test at Record Distance
Tuesday, March 6, 2018Two PAC-3 Interceptors Tested Successfully Against Ballistic Missile Targets
Tuesday, November 28, 2017Patriot PAC-3 and PAC-3 MSE Missiles Neutralize Four Tactical Ballistic Missiles in Complex Test
Thursday, September 21, 2017PAC-3 MSE Missile Successfully Test Fired from Remote Launcher
Wednesday, July 29, 2015FMS: Saudi Arabia Requests Sale of 600 PAC-3 Missiles
Tuesday, November 1, 2011Successful PAC-3 CRI Missile Test at White Sands Missile Range
Wednesday, September 6, 2006FMS: Germany Seeks PAC-3 Missiles

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