Lockheed-Martin has received a $532 million contract for 156 Patriot PAC-3
missile interceptors for the US Army, the Netherlands and Japan including
launcher modification kits, spares and other associated ground equipment.
contract comes from the US Army and also supports foreign military sales (FMS)
to the Netherlands and Japan. The contract represents the first international
sales of the battle-proven PAC-3 missiles. The US Army will take delivery of 156
missiles, 32 of which then will be delivered to the Netherlands and 16 missiles
to Japan. A FMS agreement with the Netherlands involving PAC-3s was anticipated
The contracting agency is the US Army Aviation and Missiles Command, Huntsville,
Alabama. Deliveries of the missiles and equipment should be completed during
PAC-3 is a sophisticated hit-to-kill, kinetic energy missile intended to engage
a wide spectrum of threats such as ballistic missiles carrying weapons of mass
destruction or conventional warheads, cruise missile and aircraft. The missile
has been selected for use on MEADS future air defense system. Patriot PAC-3
weapon systems will perform coupled with THAAD ballistic defense to provide
layered coverage to US and allied Forces in the future warfare scenarios.
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