Raytheon company has announced that its Patriot GEM-T missile successfully
intercepted two target drones near vertically during a test conducted recently
at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.
The GEM-T missiles were launched using a Patriot PAC-3 fire unit. All went as
planned with both missiles intercepting and destroying the two target drones.
The ground equipment and the radar system seamlessly interfaced with the GEM-T
missile. The test was supported by soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, 43rd Air
Defense Artillery, stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas.
The Patriot GEM-T is a low cost, cost effective upgrade for the PAC-2 missile
which provides significant capabilities for countering the full range of
airborne threats including short-range ballistic missiles, tactical aircraft and
cruise missiles. The missile upgrade is available to the US Army and approved
This test is an important milestone for the GEM-T missile program because it was
in support of a full material release decision. Raytheon is currently under
contract to deliver 376 upgraded missiles to the US Army, of which 230 missiles
have already been delivered.
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