Switzerland purchasing 72 Patriot PAC 3 MSE air defense missiles

The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency on November 15 announced that the State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Switzerland of Patriot Advanced Capability (PAC) 3 Missile Segment Enhanced (MSE) missiles and related equipment for an estimated cost of $700 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale.
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The Patriot PAC-3 MSE's dual pulse rocket motor provides added thrust (Picture source: Lockheed Martin)

The Government of Switzerland has requested to buy up to seventy-two (72) Patriot Advanced Capability (PAC) 3 Missile Segment Enhanced (MSE) missiles. Also included are telemetry kits; PAC-3 MSE missile round trainers; PAC-3 MSE empty round trainers; PAC-3 missile skid kits; launcher stations heater controls; classified missile repair and return; classified PAC-3 concurrent spare parts; unclassified PAC-3 concurrent spare parts; PAC-3 MSE canister consumables; quality assurance; Field Surveillance Program; U.S. Government and contractor technical, engineering, and logistics technical assistance; flight test support; flight test targets; and other related elements of logistics and program support. The total estimated cost is $700 million.

The proposed sale supports Switzerland’s goal of improving national and territorial defense as well as interoperability with U.S. and NATO forces.

The prime contractor will be Lockheed Martin, Dallas, Texas. Implementation of this proposed sale will require approximately five (5) U.S. Government and five (5) contractor representatives to travel to Switzerland for an extended period for equipment de-processing/fielding, and technical and logistics support.