The Lockheed-Martin corporation has received a $33.9 million foreign military
sales contract to begin supplying Patriot PAC-3 support-related equipment to the
Netherlands. A follow-on contract for Patriot PAC-3 missiles is anticipated by
the end of the year.
The Netherlands will become the first Patriot PAC-3 international customer
joining the United States as prime/domestic customer. The contract has been
awarded by the US Army Aviation & Missile command in Huntsville, Alabama.
Patriot is a high to medium altitude, long range air defense system designed to
protect land forces and high value assets.
The contract calls for Lockheed to produce PAC-3 ground segment equipment such
as enhanced launcher electronic systems (ELES) and fire solution computers. This
equipment will allow the Netherlands owned Patriot systems to accept the newest
Patriot PAC-3 missiles.
The Patriot PAC-3 is a highly agile, hit-to-kill interceptor deployed for the
first time during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. It can defeat tactical
ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and aircraft. Up to 16 PAC-3s load-out on a
single Patriot launcher compared with 4 of early missiles. The PAC-3 has also
been selected for the multinational MEADS.
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