PAC-3 Interceptor Passes “Complex Test”

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Four Patriot Adanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Cost Reduction Initiative (CRI) missile interceptors and one PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) recently completed an operational test-firing at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. Led by the U.S. Army, PAC-3 interceptors successfully detected, tracked, and defeated four tactical ballistic missile targets. These upgraded systems feature improved command and control firing equipment, software, and increased range. “Our Patriot modernization effort reduces the size of the hardware on the weapon and gets the latest RAM, faster processing speed, smaller motherboards and improved command and control,” said Brig. Gen. Robert Rash, Deputy Program Executive Officer for the Army’s Missile and Space programs. By completing this test, the PAC-3 MSE interceptor also fulfilled a requirement that supports a full-rate production decision for the system.