The U.S. Army recently declared Initial Operational Capability (IOC) for the Lockheed Martin PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) interceptor.
“This is an extremely significant milestone in the maturity of our PAC-3 MSE interceptor, providing the warfighter with a more advanced hit-to-kill interceptor against the full spectrum of lower-tier threats,” said Scott Arnold, vice president of PAC-3 programs at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “PAC-3 MSE reaching IOC is important because it gives our soldiers an operational capability against imminent threats.”
The PAC-3 Missile is a high-velocity interceptor that uses hit-to-kill technology to defend against incoming threats including tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and aircraft. The U.S Army selected PAC-3 in 1994 to increase the intercept capability in the heritage Patriot system against TBMs.