Raytheon's Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) System Successful in Latest Test Firing
(Source : Raytheon Co. ; issued Oct. 21, 2001)
BEDFORD, Mass.---The Patriot Air and Missile Defense PAC-3 system achieved a major system success Oct. 19 by intercepting a surrogate cruise missile target and a sub-scale MQM 107 drone. These flight tests, conducted at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., were the latest successes in the testing of the PAC-3 system.
"This mission validates the total Patriot weapon system's capability to counter a very sophisticated threat,'' said Walter Putis, vice president and Patriot program manager and Raytheon Air/Missile Defense business unit.
The mission was the first PAC-3 flight test to utilize the newest Patriot software update (Post Deployment Build 5+ software) in the simultaneous engagement of a surrogate cruise missile target and sub-scale MQM 107 drone. After radar acquisition and target classification of both targets by the Engagement Control Station, a PAC-2 missile was launched at the MQM 107 drone while nearly simultaneously, a PAC-3 missile was fired at the inbound cruise missile target.
The PAC-3 missile launched at the cruise missile target achieved missile radar lock and destroyed its target. The MQM 107-target drone was similarly intercepted and destroyed by the PAC-2 missile. "Today's success continues to demonstrate the operational capability of our soldiers with the latest Patriot equipment'', said Col. Tommie Newberry, project manager, Lower Tier Project Office. ``This challenging mission is another step in the validation of the PAC-3 missile and its interface to the fielded PAC-3 ground equipment.''
Raytheon Company is the prime contractor for the Patriot Air and Missile Defense system, and the system integrator for the PAC-3 Program. Raytheon's work on the PAC-3 system includes Configuration 3 ground equipment hardware and software upgrades and remote launch modifications. Lockheed Martin is responsible for the PAC-3 missile development and the enhanced Patriot launcher electronics.
With headquarters in Lexington, Mass., Raytheon Company is a global technology leader in defense, government and commercial electronics, and business and special mission aircraft.