Germany Cleared to Procure 50 PAC-3 MSE Missiles Worth $401 Million

The U.S. State Department has approved a possible sale of Patriot Advanced Capability 3 (PAC-3) Missiles Segment Enhanced (MSE) missiles to Germany for an estimated cost of $401 million.

The missiles will be sold under the U.S. Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on July 12.

The Government of Germany has requested to buy fifty (50) Patriot Advanced Capability 3 (PAC-3) Missiles Segment Enhanced (MSE). Also included are PAC-3 MSE launcher conversion kits; Missile Round Trainers (MRTs); Empty Round Trainers (ERTs); Launcher Stations (LS) heater controllers; PAC-3 ground support equipment; concurrent spare parts; documentation and publications; PAC-3 MSE shorting plugs; Quality Assurance Team; missile canister consumables; missile skid kits; PAC-3 MSE repair and return; missile Field Surveillance Program (FSP) for PAC-3 MSE; U.S. Government transportation; MSE launcher spare parts; PAC-3/MSE GMT kits; MSE DC motor kits; targets; Telemetry; U.S. Government range support; MSE flight test support; U.S. Government and contractor engineering; technical and logistics support services; and other related elements of logistical and program support. The total estimated value is $401 million.

“This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a NATO ally, which is an important force for political and economic stability in Europe. It is vital to U.S. national interests to assist our German ally in developing and maintaining a strong and ready self-defense capability”, said a DSCA statement.

“The proposed sale will enhance Germany’s capability to maintain the largest air defense capacity in Europe. The purchase of these additional missiles will allow Germany to build a more robust air defense capability and increase its air lethality against air defense threats. This purchase will also assist Germany with its NATO commitments.”

The prime contractor for the possible sale will be Lockheed Martin, Dallas, TX.

The family of PAC-3 missiles are high-velocity interceptors that defend against incoming threats, including tactical ballistic missiles (TBMs), cruise missiles and aircraft.

Building on the combat-proven PAC-3, the PAC-3 MSE (Missiles Segment Enhanced) uses a two-pulse solid rocket motor that increases altitude and range to defend against evolving threats. The missile uses Hit-to-Kill technology, which engages threats through kinetic energy via body-to-body contact.

Thirteen nations – the U.S., Germany, Kuwait, Japan, Qatar, the Republic of Korea, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, the Netherlands, United Arab Emirates, Romania, Poland and Sweden have chosen PAC-3 and PAC-3 MSE to provide missile defense capabilities.

Launch of PAC-3 MSE missile. Lockheed Martin Photo.
Launch of PAC-3 MSE missile. Lockheed Martin Photo.

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