Lockheed Martin, the Missile Protection Company (MDA) and the U.S. Military efficiently additional built-in the PAC-3 Missile Phase Enhancement (MSE) interceptor into the Terminal Excessive Altitude Space Protection (THAAD) Weapon System – leading to a extra tightly built-in, layered missile protection system. Throughout a check at the moment, the THAAD system efficiently launched a PAC-3 MSE to intercept a tactical ballistic missile goal utilizing confirmed Hit-to-Kill expertise with out the help of a Patriot hearth unit, yielding higher flexibility for the warfighter. Integration into the THAAD Weapon System permits the PAC-3 MSE to launch earlier, enabling an extended flyout and the total use of the MSE’s kinematic functionality.

“This integration is one other Lockheed Martin contribution to joint all-domain operations and gives a important functionality in twenty first century safety that offers the warfighter extra choices with current tools to allow them to select the perfect interceptor for any menace they face,” stated Scott Arnold, vp, Built-in Air & Missile Protection at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Hearth Management.


The check additionally validates the pliability of our PAC-3 missiles, which have now efficiently launched from THAAD, Patriot and the U.S. Military’s Built-in Air and Missile Protection Battle Command System (IBCS) in flight exams. A number of flight exams led to at the moment’s integration of PAC-3 MSE inside THAAD. In a 2020 flight check, a PAC-3 MSE intercepted a goal utilizing knowledge offered by THAAD. In an earlier check this 12 months, the THAAD Weapon System launched a PAC-3 MSE interceptor in opposition to a digital menace, demonstrating the profitable integration of the PAC-3 MSE interceptor into the THAAD system.

THAAD is the one U.S. system designed for endo-and exo-battlespace, utilizing Hit-to-Kill expertise to execute its deadly aim-point accuracy to intercept a menace with direct affect. PAC-3 MSE is an evolution of the battle-proven PAC-3 Price Discount Initiative (CRI) and in addition makes use of Hit-to-Kill expertise to defend in opposition to threats by means of direct body-to-body contact that delivers exponentially extra kinetic power on the goal than might be achieved with blast-fragmentation mechanisms.