PAC-3 CRI Conducts Intercept Test at Record Distance


Released on Thursday, August 29, 2019
United States of America
Patriot PAC-3 CRI
ABT - Air-Breathing Target
AIAMD - Army Integrated Air and Missile Defense
CRI - Cost Reduction Initiative
IBCS - Integrated Battle Command System
IFCN - Integrated Fire Control Network
MSE - Missile Segment Enhancement
PAC - Patriot Advanced Capabilities
White Sands Missile Range, Aug. 29, 2019 - A Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) PAC-3 Cost Reduction Initiative (CRI) interceptor successfully intercepted an Air-Breathing Threat (ABT) at a record distance in a test today at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.

The test marked the furthest distance a PAC-3 CRI missile has intercepted an ABT while integrated with the Army Integrated Air and Missile Defense (AIAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS) leveraging multiple sensors on the Integrated Fire Control Network (IFCN).

The U.S. Army-led missile defense flight test demonstrated the unique Hit-to-Kill capability of the PAC-3 family of missiles, which defends against threats through direct body-to-body contact delivering exponentially more kinetic energy on the target than can be achieved with legacy blast-fragmentation kill mechanisms. The test also reconfirmed PAC-3 CRI ability to detect, track and intercept incoming ABTs or missiles.

"PAC-3 continues to be successful against today's evolving threats, and this most recent test validates its effectiveness at long distance while integrated into the AIAMD architecture," said Scott Arnold, vice president and deputy of Integrated Air and Missile Defense at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. "Today's global security environment demands reliable solutions. We expect PAC-3 Hit-to-Kill interceptors to continue serving as an essential element in integrated, layered defense systems."

The PAC-3 CRI and MSE are high-velocity interceptors that defend against incoming threats, including tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and aircraft. Thirteen nations have procured the PAC-3 missile defense interceptor: the U.S., Germany, Kuwait, Japan, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Romania, Poland, the Netherlands, Sweden and the United Arab Emirates.

Source: Lockheed Martin's PAC-3 CRI Missile Sets Distance Record During Army Integrated Air And Missile Defense Intercept Test

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