The U.S. State Division has made a dedication approving a attainable Overseas Army Sale to the Authorities of Switzerland of PATRIOT Superior Functionality (PAC) 3 Missile Section Enhanced (MSE) missiles and associated tools for an estimated price of $700 million. The proposed sale of the PAC-3 MSE missiles will improve the potential of Switzerland’s PATRIOT missile protection system. The proposed sale helps Switzerland’s aim of bettering nationwide and territorial protection in addition to interoperability with U.S. and NATO forces. Switzerland will use the PATRIOT system and missiles to defend its territorial integrity and for regional stability. The prime contractor will likely be Lockheed-Martin, Dallas, Texas.

The Authorities of Switzerland has requested to purchase as much as seventy-two (72) PATRIOT Superior Functionality (PAC) 3 Missile Section Enhanced (MSE) missiles. Additionally included are telemetry kits; PAC-3 MSE missile spherical trainers; PAC-3 MSE empty spherical trainers; PAC-3 missile skid kits; launcher stations heater controls; categorised missile restore and return; categorised PAC-3 concurrent spare elements; unclassified PAC-3 concurrent spare elements; PAC-3 MSE canister consumables; high quality assurance; Subject Surveillance Program; U.S. Authorities and contractor technical, engineering, and logistics technical help; flight check assist; flight check targets; and different associated parts of logistics and program assist.


Patriot Superior Functionality-3 (PAC-3) Missile Section Enhancement (MSE)

The MIM-104 Patriot is a surface-to-air missile (SAM) system, the first of its sort utilized by the U.S. Military and a number of other allied states. It’s manufactured by Raytheon and derives its identify from the radar part of the weapon system. The AN/MPQ-53 on the coronary heart of the system is called the “Phased Array Monitoring Radar to Intercept on Goal” which is a backronym for PATRIOT. The Patriot system changed the Nike Hercules system because the U.S. Military’s main Excessive to Medium Air Protection (HIMAD) system and changed the MIM-23 Hawk system because the U.S. Military’s medium tactical air protection system. Patriot has been given the perform of the U.S. Military’s anti-ballistic missile (ABM) system, which is now Patriot’s main mission. The system is predicted to remain fielded till not less than 2040.

Patriot was first launched with a single missile sort: the MIM-104A. This was the preliminary “Commonplace” missile (nonetheless often called “Commonplace” in the present day). In Patriot’s early days, the system was used completely as an anti-aircraft weapon, with no functionality in opposition to ballistic missiles. This was remedied throughout the late Nineteen Eighties when Patriot acquired its first main system overhaul with the introduction of the Patriot Superior Functionality (PAC) missile and concurrent system upgrades. The PAC-3 improve carried with it a brand new missile design, nominally often called MIM-104F and referred to as PAC-3 by the Military. The PAC-3 missile developed from the Strategic Protection Initiative’s ERINT missile, and so it’s devoted virtually solely to the anti-ballistic missile mission.