The U.S. Army recently declared Initial Operational Capability (IOC) for the Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) interceptor.
The PAC-3 missile is a high-velocity interceptor that uses hit-to-kill technology to defend against incoming threats including tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and aircraft. The U.S Army selected PAC-3 in 1994 to increase the intercept capability.
Lockheed Martin received a contract to increase the altitude and range of the PAC-3 missile. PAC-3 MSE achieved milestone C in early 2014 and Lockheed Martin received the first U.S. contract that same year.
PAC-3 MSE includes a larger, more powerful dual-pulse solid rocket motor for added thrust, along with larger fins and other structural modifications to increase agility.