Patriot Interceptor Hits Mock Ballistic Missile in Test

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Global Security Newswire Staff
Aug. 19, 2013, 11:02 a.m.

A Pat­ri­ot Ad­vanced Cap­ab­il­ity 3 in­ter­cept­or hit a sim­u­lated short-range bal­list­ic mis­sile in a Thursday tri­al at White Sands Mis­sile Range in New Mex­ico, con­tract­or Lock­heed Mar­tin said.

The first of two fired PAC-3 in­ter­cept­ors struck the mock weapon, and a second “self-de­struc­ted on com­mand, as planned,” the de­fense-in­dustry gi­ant said.

Lock­heed Mar­tin re­cently won a $308 mil­lion deal to pro­duce PAC-3 sys­tem com­pon­ents for the United States, as well as for Kuwait, which is now the an­ti­mis­sile unit’s sixth for­eign buy­er.

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