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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.

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