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December 06, 2012

"Hit-to-Kill" Missile does its job

Lockheed Martin's PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) blew up (a.k.a "intercepted and destroyed") a tactical ballistic missile target Thursday at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., according to the Missiles and Fire Power division of the Texas-based company.

The PAC-3 Missile is the world’s most advanced, capable and powerful theater air defense missile. It defeats the threat to the Patriot Air Defense System.

In Thursday's test flight, the PAC-3's first interceptor destroyed the target and the second PAC-3 self-destructed as planned.

Here's what Richard McDaniel, vp of such programs at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control said about it:

"Today's flight test provided another example of how the PAC-3 MSE Missile has significantly expanded the Patriot battlespace, engaging a TBM at unprecedented range. This test was especially satisfying as it came just a few days after the first successful Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) intercept flight test in which another PAC-3 MSE Missile intercepted a threat representative air-breathing target in an over-the-shoulder engagement."

Here's some more information for missile enthusiasts --The PAC-3 MSE Missile provides increased performance by expanding the lethal battlespace of the current PAC-3 Missile both in altitude and range employing the same hit-to-kill technology that the PAC-3 family of missiles uniquely brings to the Patriot system, according to Lockheed's Missiles and Fire Control division.

-- Yamil Berard

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