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PAC-3 MSE Interceptor Integrated With Aegis

PAC-3 MSE illustration [© Lockheed Martin]

PAC-3 MSE (Missile Segment Enhancement) interceptor integrated with Aegis Weapon System defeats target in flight test.

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Press Release, White Sands Missile Range, 20 May 2024: In partnership with multiple Department of Defense Services and Components, Lockheed Martin launched a PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) interceptor from an MK-70 containerised launch platform to engage a cruise missile target in flight. This test marks the first time PAC-3 MSE was launched in this configuration, utilising the Virtualized Aegis Weapon System, to intercept a live target.

PAC-3 MSE integrated with Aegis Weapon System defeats target in flight test [© Lockheed Martin]

“This successful test showcases Lockheed Martin’s commitment to developing mission-focused, integrated technology to keep those who serve ahead of evolving threats,” said Tom Copeman, vice president of Strategy and Naval Programs at Lockheed Martin. “These systems could deliver a proven, Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) capability with growing capacity to the US to help defend against advanced, manoeuvrable threats.”

Lockheed Martin is working to deliver enhanced IAMD capability to the US’s most modern combat system to defend against simultaneous advanced air, surface,and missile threats. PAC-3’s unmatched Hit-to-Kill capabilities defend against advanced threats including tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, hypersonic missiles, and aircraft.

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