ARABIAN SEA (April 24, 2021) The guided-missile destroyer USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116) sails alongside the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) in the Arabian Sea. The Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean Sea and Pacific Ocean through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Cameron Pinske)

In partnership with multiple Department of Defense Services and Components, Lockheed Martin launched a PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE)interceptor from an MK-70 containerized launch platform to engage a cruise missile target in flight. This test marks the first time PAC-3 MSE was launched in this configuration, utilizing the Virtualized Aegis Weapon System, to intercept a live target.

“This successful test showcases Lockheed Martin’s commitment to developing mission-focused, integrated technology to keep those who serve ahead of evolving threats,” said Tom Copeman, vice president of Strategy and Naval Programs at Lockheed Martin. “These systems could deliver a proven, Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) capability with growing capacity to the U.S. to help defend against advanced, maneuverable threats.”

Lockheed Martin is working to deliver enhanced IAMD capability to the U.S.’s most modern combat system to defend against simultaneous advanced air, surface,and missile threats.

PAC-3’s unmatched Hit-to-Kill capabilities defend against advanced threats including tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, hypersonic missiles, and aircraft.