Army drafts Lockheed Martin for Patriot missile upgrade

The Army Aviation and Missile Command has awarded Lockheed Martin Corp. a $379 million contract to build 112 Patriot missiles and provide related program management and engineering services.

The Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missiles substantially increase the firepower of the Patriot Air Defense System. The long-range, all-weather air defense system counters tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and advanced aircraft.

Lockheed Martin's missiles and fire control business unit is the prime contractor on the PAC-3 missile segment upgrade to the Patriot system. The company also will supply launcher modification kits, spares and other equipment.

The PAC-3 missiles will be used as the U.S. primary interceptors for the multinational Medium Extended Air Defense System, known as MEADS. This mobile air defense system will replace existing Patriot systems in the United States and other missile defense systems in Germany and Italy.

MEADS will incorporate the PAC-3 missiles in a system that includes surveillance and fire control sensors, battle management and communication centers, and firepower launchers.

Roseanne Gerin is a staff writer for Government Computer News' sister publication, Washington Technology.

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