Raytheon Company's Patriot Guidance Enhanced Missiles (GEM) destroyed two
surrogate ballistic missile targets highlighting a successful test flight at
White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.
The test is the first of four development flight tests to be conducted by the
Army's Patriot Lower Tier Project Office using Raytheon's newly developed
Patriot system post deployment build-6 (PDB-6) software.
Three Patriot fire units deployed in a battalion configuration supported the
evaluation of this mission's objectives. Two GEMs were ripple-fired at an
incoming tactical ballistic missile, and as the intercept occurred, the Patriot
Configuration-3 radar successfully detected, tracked and engaged a second
target. A third GEM successfully intercepted the second incoming TBM while
managing the first intercept.
The capabilities incorporated into PDB-6 are the next step in the evolving
growth for Patriot. This update is composed of user-requested improvements,
planned performance improvements, and improvements that had resulted out of
lessons learned from Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Patriot fire units, consisting of the Patriot launchers, engagement control
stations and Patriot radar systems, provided the battle management, command,
control and communications to ensure the Configuration-3 system achieved test
The targets for the mission were Patriot-as-a-Target, a Patriot legacy missile
modified to represent a short-range ballistic missile target. Test data
indicated that seamless communication and data transfer between the Patriot
radar, engagement control station, and Patriot launcher enabled the GEMs to
destroy both targets. All tactical hardware for the missions were manned and
operated by soldiers of the 1st Battalion of the 7th Air Defense Artillery, Fort
The Patriot Air and Missile Defense System is the world's most advanced
ground-based air defense system and is a cornerstone of the U.S. Army's
integrated air defense system. Patriot is a long-range, high-altitude,
all-weather system designed to defeat advanced threats, including aircraft,
tactical ballistic missiles, and cruise missiles. Combat proven during
Operations Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom, Patriot can simultaneously engage
multiple targets under the most severe electronic countermeasure conditions.
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