Lockheed Martin announces successful PAC-3 Missile test

Lockheed Martin, a defense systems developer, recently announced the successful flight test of a PAC-3 Missile at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.

During that test, the PAC-3 system successfully detected, tracked and intercepted a threat-representative and aerodynamic tactical ballistic missile target. The ripple fire engagement of two PAC-3 Missiles destroyed the target and a second missile was self-destructed on command as planned.

"The PAC-3 Missile continues to deliver proven, reliable performance along with unmatched lethality," Richard McDaniel, the vice president of PAC-3 programs at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, said. "The capability PAC-3 provides continues to draw significant interest from a number of international customers."

The PAC-3 Missile is an advanced theater air defense missile that defends against cruise missiles, advanced tactical ballistic missiles and rotary-wing and fixed-wing aircraft. Sixteen PAC-3s can be loaded into the PATRIOT air defense system in place of four legacy PATRIOT PAC-2 missiles.

Lockheed Martin recently received a $308 million contract for continued production of the PAC-3 Missile for Kuwait and the U.S. Kuwait is the sixth international customer for the PAC-3 Missile.

The Bethesda, Maryland-based Lockheed Martin makes contributions to all major U.S. missile defense systems and is a participant in multiple global missile defense partnerships.