PAC-3s intercept TBM targets
As part of a US Army-led missile defence flight test at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, two Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missiles successfully intercepted two tactical ballistic missile (TBM) targets on 21 September.
According to Lockheed Martin, the test demonstrated the interceptor's ability to detect, track and destroy an incoming threat.
The PAC-3 missile is designed to defend against incoming threats, including tactical aircraft, cruise missiles and ballistic missiles. The high velocity interceptor uses hit-to-kill technology, destroying threats with kinetic energy in body-to-body contact.
Scott Arnold, vice president of PAC-3 programs at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, said: 'The PAC-3 missile 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 interceptors to continue serving as an integral layer of defence in the protection of soldiers, citizens and infrastructure.'
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