received a $68.9 million contract to epare the Advanced Capability-3 ( ) Missile oduction line for the introduction of the Missile Segment Enhancement ( ) version of the combat-proven PAC-3 Missile.
The PAC-3Missile provides increased performance, greater altitude and range than current PAC-3 missiles. The PAC-3 MSE Missile will be packaged in a single canister that stacks to provide flexibility for the air defense system launcher load-out requirements. The new contract covers preparation of tooling and test equipment at the company’s production facility at Camden, Ark., as well as other sites and subcontractors, in anticipation of a production decision by the U.S. Army in 2013.
The MSE is being developed under a spiral development of the Patriot missile, the MSE Missile was selected as the primary interceptor for the multi-nationalin September 2006. However, lacking clear US committment to follow on with fileding the system, the future of the is unclear.
The PAC-3 Missile Segment upgrade consists of the highly agile hit-to-kill PAC-3 Missile, the PAC-3 Missile canisters (in four packs), a fire solution computer and an Enhanced Launcher Electronics System (ELES). These elements will be integrated into the Patriot system.Missiles and Fire Control is the prime contractor on the PAC-3 Missile Segment upgrade to the Patriot air defense system.