The MSE is an improved version of Lockheed Martin PAC-3 missile, a high-velocity rocket that uses hit-to-kill technology allowing it to intercept ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and aircraft. Compared to its predecessor, PAC-3 MSE has a larger dual-pulse solid rocket motor, larger control fins and renewed support system, which nearly double its range of reach, the manufacturer said.
Commenting on the tests, Lockheed said it was "proud" of its creation’s "overmatch capability," stressing that the upgraded missile was successful in "detecting, tracking, engaging and intercepting an aircraft."
“This test series has demonstrated the effectiveness of the PAC-3 MSE hit-to-kill interceptor against a wide range of targets, including air-breathing targets and ballistic missiles," Scott Arnold, vice president of PAC-3 programs at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control said.
Lockheed won its first contract on production of PAC-3 MSE missiles in April 2014, and then got another order in July 2015. The latter order was aimed to provide with interceptors the United States, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
The Lockheed Corporation is one of the largest US military contractors, specialized in developing and manufacturing products and services for the armed forces.