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PAC-3 MSE test from remote launcher

26th September 2017 - 13:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Lockheed Martin’s PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) interceptor has successfully intercepted a tactical ballistic missile target in the first-ever MSE test from a remote launcher.

The test was conducted as part of a US Army-led missile defence flight test at the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands. It demonstrated the expanded defended footprint available by deploying the launcher remotely from the Patriot radar. The test also confirmed the PAC-3 MSE's ability to detect, track and intercept an incoming threat.

The PAC-3 MSE is a high-velocity interceptor that defends against incoming threats, including tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and aircraft. The missile uses hit-to-kill technology, which defeats threats through kinetic energy via body-to-body contact.

In addition to its dual-pulse motor, the upgraded PAC-3 MSE brings larger control fins and an upgraded support system. The enhancements extend the missile's reach and improve performance against evolving missile threats.

Scott Arnold, VP and deputy of Integrated Air and Missile Defense at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, said: ‘PAC-3 continues to be successful against today's evolving threats and it remains the only combat proven hit-to-kill interceptor in the world.

‘Today's global security environment demands reliable solutions. We expect PAC-3 MSE interceptors to continue serving as an integral layer of defence in the protection of armed forces personnel, citizens and infrastructure.’

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