Lockheed Martin to produce 112 PAC-3 Missiles
04 May 2006
Lockheed Martin announced on May 4th, 2006, that it received a USD 379 million contract from the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM) for the production of 112 Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Missiles. The contract also includes launcher modification kits, program management and engineering, as well as spares and other necessary equipment.
This is the sixth production contract for the PAC-3 missile. The first production PAC-3 Missiles were delivered to the U.S. Army in September 2001, part of the LRIP contract for 20 missiles. In March 26, 2002 a new Low Rate Initial Production contract followed for 72 PAC-3 missiles. In January 2003, the U.S. Army ordered 88 more. In February 2004, LM received an order for 159 missiles, including 22 to replenish the Patriot missiles expended during Operation Iraqi Freedom. In January 2005, LM was awarded a contract for 156 PAC-3 missiles for the U.S. Army, the Netherlands and Japan.
PAC-3 Missiles significantly increase the Patriot system's firepower, since 16 PAC-3s load-out on a Patriot launcher, compared with four legacy Patriot PAC-2 missiles.
The PAC-3 Missile has been selected as the U.S. primary interceptor for the multi-national Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS). MEADS is a model transatlantic program for the next generation of air and missile defense.
- Lockheed Martin