Patriot Advanced Capability-3
The Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) ballistic missile defense is the U.S. Defense Department’s priority short-range theatre ballistic missile defense program. The program is managed by the U.S. Army Lower Tier Project Office (LTPO) and is sponsored by the Missile Defense Agency (MDA).
The PAC-3 Missile is a high velocity interceptor that defeats incoming targets by direct, body-to-body impact. PAC-3 interceptors, when deployed in a battery, will significantly increase the system’s firepower, since 16 PAC-3s load-out on a launcher, compared with four of the Patriot PAC-2 interceptors.
A land-based element built upon the proven Patriot air- and missile defense infrastructure.
Patriot Advanced Capability-3 ballistic missile defense system was deployed to the Middle East as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom (2003) where it successfully engaged several ballistic missiles.
The Army is responsible for production and further development of Patriot Advanced Capability-3 ballistic missile defense system and the Missile Defense Agency remains responsible for interoperability and integration efforts.