Responding to a request from the Commander, United States Forces Korea (USFK), in late 2001 the Army and Raytheon have proposed a Patriot Precision Strike development to demonstrate using pre-PAC-2 Patriot missiles as long-range counter-battery weapons. USFK faces a serious threat from North Korean 240mm MRLs, which outrange US artillery and are a primary area attack and chemical weapon system. The idea is to use the Patriot radar to track incoming rockets, back plot the trajectory to the source, and then respond with a PAC-1 missile launched from a PAC-3 configured launcher. Developers say the idea will require software adjustments to the radar but no new hardware.
The Patriot radar is directly related to the Q-37 counterbattery radar, so adjusting it for this purpose should be no problem. The difficulty will be in ensuring accuracy of a missile not designed for ballistic flight-the radar will have to transmit guidance to the missile in a new way, since there will be no target from which to reflect radar beams for the missile receptor. A CEP of less than 50 meters is necessary for this mission.
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