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PATRIOT Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3)

2020

Oct. 30, 2020

The Missile Defense Agency, U.S. Army Program Executive Office Missiles and Space, and U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command successfully conducted a test of the Patriot and Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) weapon systems from White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. The test, designated Flight Test Patriot Weapon System (FTP)-27, consisted of two events which took place on February 20, 2020 and October 1, 2020. A PATRIOT Advanced Capability 3 (PAC-3) interceptor is launched from Omelek Island during MDA's historic integrated flight test on Oct. 24, 2012 (October 25 on Kwajalein).

2012

Oct. 25, 2012

A PATRIOT Advanced Capability 3 (PAC-3) interceptor is launched from Omelek Island during MDA's historic integrated flight test on Oct. 24, 2012 (October 25 on Kwajalein).

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AN/TPY-2
PAC-3
THAAD

Oct. 25, 2012

A Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor is launched from Meck Island and a PATRIOT Advanced Capability 3 (PAC-3) interceptor is launched from Omelek Island during MDA's historic integrated flight test on Oct. 24, 2012 (October 25 on Kwajalein).

2000

Oct. 14, 2000

The Ballistic Missile Defense Organization and the U.S. Army successfully conducted a test of the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missile at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. on October 14, 2000. The PAC-3 missile intercepted and destroyed the ballistic missile target. While the PAC-2 missile did not destroy its sub-scale target, the drone did appear to be damaged and the kill-effects are being analyzed. Preliminary test data indicate that all other test objectives were met. The first set of photos (1-8) show the PAC-3 versus a ballistic missile target while the second set (9-16) show the PAC-2 versus a sub-scale drone target.

July 22, 2000

Successful PAC-3 intercept test at White Sands Missile Range demonstrating capability to engage and destroy a low altitude cruise missile target, represented by an MQM-107 drone.

Feb. 5, 2000

The Ballistic Missile Defense Organization and the U.S. Army conducted a test of the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missile at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, February 5, 2000. Preliminary test data indicate the test was successful. The PAC-3 missile is a high velocity, hit-to-kill missile and is the next generation PATRIOT missile being developed to provide increased defense capability against advanced tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, and hostile aircraft. The PAC-3 missile uses kinetic energy to destroy targets rather than employing a high explosive warhead.

1994

Feb. 15, 1994

BMDO's PATRIOT Advanced Capability-3 Extended Range Interceptor (ERINT) successfully intercepting a chemical simulant on February 15, 1994 at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. The ERINT uses hit-to kill kinetic energy technology to destroy incoming targets.