Sweden and U.S. officials formalized an agreement for Sweden to purchase Lockheed Martin’s Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) missiles and related support equipment on 10 August.
Built by Lockheed Martin, PAC-3 is an advanced, capable and powerful theatre air defence missile that uses ‘hit-to-kill’ technology that engages threats through kinetic energy through body-to-body contact.
The company serves as the prime contractor on the PAC-3 MSE upgrade to the Patriot air defence system.
The upgrade helps expand the lethal battlespace with a dual-pulse solid rocket motor, thereby ensuring enhanced performance in altitude and range.
PAC-3 MSE is a high-velocity interceptor that protects soldiers against incoming threats, including tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and aircraft.
Once the contract is signed, Swedenwill become the sixth international customer to sign an agreement to procure PAC-3 MSE.
The US, Qatar, Japan, Romania, Poland and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are the other nations to procure the PAC-3 missiles.
“We’re honored to partner with Sweden on their efforts to protect and defend their armed forces, citizens and infrastructure,” said Jay Pitman, vice president of PAC-3 at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “Today’s global security environment demands reliable Hit-to-Kill technology and innovative solutions. PAC-3 MSE interceptors will provide Sweden with a formidable layer of defense.”
As a world leader in systems integration and development of air and missile defense systems and technologies, Lockheed Martin delivers high-quality missile defense solutions that protect citizens, critical assets and deployed forces from current and future threats. The company’s experience spans missile design and production, infrared seekers, command and control/battle management, and communications, precision pointing and tracking optics, radar and signal processing, as well as threat-representative targets for missile defense tests.