Q: What makes PAC-3 unique?
A: The PAC-3 family of missiles are the only combat proven Hit-to-Kill interceptors that defend against incoming threats, including tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and aircraft through direct body-to-body contact delivering exponentially more kinetic energy on the target than can be achieved with blast-fragmentation kill mechanisms.
Q: What makes the PAC-3 MSE different from CRI?
A: The PAC-3 MSE’s revolutionary two-pulse solid rocket motor provides increased performance in both altitude and range while employing the same proven Hit-to-Kill technology that the PAC-3 CRI missile uniquely brings to the Patriot system. The two-pulse solid rocket motor and enhanced airframe gives the interceptor more maneuverability against faster and more sophisticated tactical ballistic missiles and cruise missiles.
Q: How does the PAC-3 program contribute to jobs overall?
A: More than 3,125 Lockheed Martin employees support the PAC-3 program in the United States and in countries around the world. In total, the PAC-3 program provides more than 7,200 direct and indirect jobs and has a nationwide supply chain of more than 400 suppliers in 37 states. The more than 7,200 jobs include Lockheed Martin personnel, major subcontractors, and suppliers.
Q: How many countries use PAC-3 for missile defense?
A: Fourteen nations have chosen PAC-3 CRI and PAC-3 MSE to provide missile defense capabilities.