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Patriot PAC-3 Followon Testing

  1. On March 4th, 2004 a Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Missile successfully intercepted and destroyed an incoming tactical ballistic missile (TBM) in a test at White Sands Missile Range, NM. In the early morning test, two PAC-3 Missiles were "ripple-fired" at an incoming TBM that was simulating the flight characteristics of a Scud-type missile. The target for the mission was a Patriot-As-A-Target (PAAT), a Patriot legacy missile modified to represent a short-range TBM. Lockheed Martin now had four successful "ripple-fire" flights of PAC-3 Missiles against TBMs, both in flight testing and in combat. Other test objectives of the mission included demonstrating the PAC-3 Missile Segment software and ground system improvements, demonstrating system capability to intercept and kill a short-range, full-body TBM target, and demonstrating and validating successful operation of the PAC-3 Missile seeker with a domestic source Traveling Wave Tube, the Ka-band radar seeker's high power amplifier. Preliminary data indicate that all objectives were achieved.
  2. On 02 September 2004 the U.S Army conducted a successful intercept test flight of the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missile system at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., at approximately 7:15 Mountain Daylight Time. Preliminary test data indicates two targets were intercepted and mission objectives were achieved. Objectives of this mission included demonstrating the performance of a PAC-3 missile with hardware changes that improve producibility and reduce missile cost. The test also demonstrated the system's capability to detect, track, engage and intercept a short-range tactical ballistic missile target and a low-altitude cruise missile target. The targets for the mission were a Patriot-as-a-Target (PAAT), a Patriot legacy missile modified to represent a short-range ballistic missile (SRBM); and an MQM-107 subscale drone aircraft, representing a cruise missile.
  3. On November 18, 2004 Lockheed Martin's Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Missile successfully intercepted two missile targets today during Developmental Test/Operational Test-12 (DT/OT- 12), the most complex flight test scenario to date for PAC-3. During the initial phase of the test, conducted at White Sands Missile Range, NM, six missiles were in the air simultaneously. In DT/OT-12, a total of four PAC-3 Missiles were ripple-fired against two separate targets: a Patriot-As-A-Target (PAAT) modified to represent a short- range Tactical Ballistic Missile (TBM) and a medium velocity Storm Maneuvering Tactical Target Vehicle. The mission sequence was a two missile ripple-fire against the modified PAAT, closely followed by a two missile ripple-fire against the Storm target. Once the targets were intercepted and destroyed, the two remaining PAC-3s executed a preplanned self-destruct sequence.
  4. On September 8th, 2005 Lockheed Martin's Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Missile successfully intercepted and destroyed an incoming tactical ballistic missile (TBM) during a flight test at White Sands Missile Range, NM. The battle-proven PAC-3 Missile is the world's only fielded hit-to-kill, kinetic energy air defense missile. During the flight test, designated Task 2-2, two PAC-3 Missiles were "ripple-fired" at an incoming Patriot-As-A-Target TBM, a legacy Patriot missile modified to represent a short-range TBM. Preliminary data indicates the TBM was destroyed and all test objectives were achieved. Patriot warfighters from units at Fort Bliss, TX, participated in today's mission. This test followed three successful PAC-3 Missile tests conducted in 2004.
  5. On 11 November 2005 the U.S Army conducted a flight test of the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missile system at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., at approximately 8 a.m. Mountain Standard Time. The test involved an engagement using two PAC-3 missiles against a short-range, full-body aerodynamic TBM target. Preliminary test data indicate that an intercept was not achieved. Test objectives of this mission included demonstrating the performance of PAC-3 missile software changes and associated ground system software improvements. The test intended to demonstrate the system's capability to detect, track, engage and intercept a short-range aerodynamic TBM target. The target for the mission was a Patriot-as-a-Target (PAAT), a Patriot legacy missile modified to represent a short-range aerodynamic TBM target. Soldiers of the 2-43rd Air Defense Artillery, Fort Bliss, Texas, participated in this test. Following this test, the PAC-3 missile has had 17 successful intercept tests and three unsuccessful intercepts.
  6. On 31 August 2006 [not 03 September 2006] Lockheed Martin's Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Missile successfully intercepted and destroyed an incoming Tactical Ballistic Missile (TBM) target during a flight test at White Sands Missile Range, NM. This was the 19th successful flight test out of 22 conducted to date. During the flight test, two PAC-3 Missiles were "ripple-fired" at an incoming Patriot-As-A-Target, a legacy Patriot missile modified to represent a TBM. Preliminary data indicates the target was destroyed and all test objectives were achieved. Objectives of the test included demonstrating software improvements in both the PAC-3 Missile segment and software enhancements of the associated ground system. Additionally, the test demonstrated the systems' capability to detect, track, engage and intercept a threat-representative short range TBM target. This flight test repeats the November 2005 mission in order to address remaining test objectives that were not fully met during that test.
  7. On July 19, 2007 Lockheed Martin successfully conducted a PAC-3 Missile flight test at White Sands Missile Range, NM. The test was an engagement against a low-flying, air-breathing target, which was intercepted and destroyed by a PAC-3 Missile. The flight test was conducted by PATRIOT soldiers from the 5th Battalion of the 52nd Air Defense Artillery Regiment (ADA) Regiment, 11th ADA Brigade at Fort Bliss. The test successfully demonstrated the systems capability to detect, track, engage and destroy an air-breathing target.




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