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Advanced PAC-3 Missile Tested Against Target

Defense contractor Lockheed Martin on Thursday announced it had carried out a successful flight trial of its Patriot Advanced Capability 3 Missile Segment Enhancement system, which demonstrated the technology is ready to go into production.

The test took place at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico and involved two PaC-3 MSE interceptors that were launched against a simulated ballistic missile threat. While one MSE interceptor succeeded in striking the target, the other interceptor self-destructed as was programmed, according to a company press release.

A third MSE interceptor successfully took out a cruise missile target. Initial data suggests all test goals were met.

"Today’s test provides the final flight test data required to demonstrate the design maturity of the PAC-3 MSE configuration and its readiness to enter into production," Lockheed Martin Vice President for PAC-3 programs Richard McDaniel said in provided remarks. "Additionally, we demonstrated for the first time a multitarget engagement with MSE interceptors."

The MSE configuration is the most sophisticated missile to come out of the Patriot family, according to the press release.

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