The Netherlands First Patriot PAC-3 International Customer

Released on Thursday, August 12, 2004
MIM-104 Patriot
MIM-104 Patriot PAC-3
Patriot PAC-3
ELES - Enhanced Launcher Electronics Systems
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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