Lockheed Martin has flight-tested its PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) to validate the platform’s latest software update.
During the test, the missile engaged and intercepted an advanced medium-range ballistic missile target.
“The test is the first in a series of flight trials to validate the software updates that will be deployed in fielded batteries as part of the next Patriot software release,” Lockheed stated.
For ‘Evolving Threats’
Vice president of PAC-3 Programs Brenda Davidson explained that the updates will “improve the system’s performance against evolving threats.”
“We continue to invest in PAC-3 enhancements to enable a robust defensive capability for our customers around the world.”
The MSE version boasts a larger, dual-pulse solid rocket motor; larger fins; and upgraded actuators and thermal batteries over the PAC-3, ensuring greater range and altitude against targets such as tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, and aircraft.