Lockheed Martin Receives $1 Billion in Support of PAC-3 Missile Production

Lockheed Martin Corp. was awarded a contract modification, worth around $1 billion, in support of the production of PAC-3 interceptor missiles.

The modification is for incidental services, hardware, facilities, equipment, and all technical, planning, management, manufacturing, and testing efforts to produce the PAC-3 missiles.

The award is in support of the U.S. Army; and also Bahrain, Germany, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Republic of Korea (ROK, South Korea), and United Arab Emirates (UAE) through the U.S. Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program. The U.S. Army Contracting Command (ACC) at Redstone Arsenal (RSA) in Alabama, is the contracting activity.

The contract work will be performed in Huntsville, Alabama; Camden, Arkansas; Chelmsford, Massachusetts; Grand Prairie, Texas; and Lufkin, Texas, with an estimated completion date of Oct. 31, 2024.

This is a modification to the contract W31P4Q-20-C-0023, worth $6 billion, which was awarded to Lockheed Martin in April for the production of PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) interceptors.


The family of Lockheed Martin PAC-3 (Patriot Advanced Capability-3) missiles are high-velocity interceptors that defend against incoming threats, including tactical ballistic missiles (TBM), cruise missiles and aircraft. The missile defeats incoming targets by direct, body-to-body impact.

Lockheed Martin PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) interceptor
The PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) interceptor set a distance record in its latest flight test with the longest one-shot hit-to-kill intercept against an Air-Breathing Threat at White Sands Missile Range on July 26. (PRNewsfoto/Lockheed Martin)

The PAC-3 Missile uses a solid propellant rocket motor, aerodynamic controls, attitude control motors (ACMs) and inertial guidance to navigate. The missile flies to an intercept point specified prior to launch by its ground-based fire solution computer, which is embedded in the engagement control station. Target trajectory data can be updated during missile flyout by means of a radio frequency uplink/downlink.

Shortly before arrival at the intercept point, the PAC-3 Missile’s on board Ka band seeker acquires the target, selects the optimal aim point and terminal guidance is initiated. The ACMs, which are small, short duration solid propellant rocket motors located in the missile forebody, fire explosively to refine the missile’s course to assure body-to-body impact.

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control is the prime contractor on the PAC-3 Missile Segment upgrade to the Patriot air defense system. The PAC-3 Missile Segment upgrade consists of the PAC-3 Missile, a highly agile hit-to-kill interceptor, the PAC-3 Missile canisters (in four-packs), a fire solution computer and an Enhanced Launcher Electronics System (ELES). These elements are integrated into the Patriot system, a high to medium-altitude, long-range air defense missile system providing air defense of ground combat forces and high-value assets.

PAC-3 Missiles, when deployed in a Patriot air defense battery, significantly increase the Patriot system’s firepower, since 16 PAC-3s load-out on a Patriot launcher, compared with four Patriot PAC-2 missiles.

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

To meet customer demand and increase production capacity, Lockheed Martin is currently building an 85,000-square-foot expansion at the Camden, Arkansas, facility where PAC-3 MSE interceptors are assembled. The building is expected to be complete by the fourth quarter of 2021, with operations beginning in the first quarter of 2022.

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