Lockheed Martin signs $39m Patriot missile system support contract

      US defense contractor, Lockheed Martin was awarded a $39.2 million support contract for Patriot air defense system, the US Department of Defense announced in a press release.

      As per the contract inked with U.S. Army Contracting Command, Lockheed Martin will provide post-production support to the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missile The support service will include recapitalization of enhanced launcher electronic system, field missile activities as well as unscheduled maintenance.

      The contract includes Foreign Military Sales (FMS) to Germany, Netherlands, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Japan and the United Arab Emirates.

       PAC-3 is the most advanced, capable and powerful terminal air-defense missile that can destroy tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and aircraft. It is a high-velocity interceptor that counters incoming targets by direct body-to-body impact also known as Hit-to-Kill. The PAC-3 missile uses a solid propellant rocket motor, aerodynamic controls, altitude control motors and inertial guidance to navigate.

      These missiles are currently deployed by six nations namely the U.S., Germany, Japan, Netherlands, UAE and Taiwan.

      According to Lockheed Martin, the PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (PAC-3 MSE) interceptor employs a two-pulse solid rocket motor that boosts altitude and range to meet growing threats. The company sees strong demand for this advanced missile system, going ahead, particularly in politically tense regions of the Middle East.

Source: US DoD

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