Lockheed Martin delivered Patriot PAC-3 MSE air defense missiles to Sweden
According to information published on May 2021, the American company Lockheed Martin successfully delivered Sweden’s first air defense missile system Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) interceptors in April, providing the country with the world’s most advanced air defense missile that uses Hit-to-Kill technology to defend against incoming threats.
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The two-pulse solid rocket motor and enhanced airframe of the PAC-3 MSE gives the interceptor more maneuverability against faster and more sophisticated tactical ballistic missiles and cruise missiles. (Picture source Lockheed Martin)
“By choosing PAC-3 MSE for missile defense, our customers around the world know they have the combat-proven technology needed to stay ahead of rapidly-evolving threats,” said Brenda Davidson, vice president, PAC-3 Programs, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “We’re proud to deliver this advanced capability to Sweden so they can best defend their armed forces, citizens, and infrastructure.”
In August 2018, U.S. and Sweden's officials formalized an agreement for Sweden to purchase Lockheed Martin's (NYSE: LMT) Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) missiles and related support equipment. Once the contract is signed, Sweden will become the sixth international customer to sign an agreement to procure PAC-3 MSE.
The Patriot PAC-3MSE missile is currently in service with Qatar, Japan, Romania, Poland, United States and the United Arab Emirates. Several other nations have also expressed an interest in enhancing their missile defense capabilities with the PAC-3 MSE as part of the Patriot system.
The upgraded PAC-3 MSE expands the lethal battlespace with a dual-pulse solid rocket motor, providing increased performance in altitude and range. PAC-3 MSE is a high-velocity interceptor that defends against incoming threats, including tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and aircraft. The missile uses Hit-to-Kill technology, which engages threats through kinetic energy via body-to-body contact.