Lockheed Martin to Supply Switzerland With Patriot Missile Enhancements

Lockheed Martin PAC-3 ESM Missile
Lockheed Martin PAC-3 ESM Missile

On 31 October, D&S 23 exhibitor Lockheed Martin announced that an agreement had been made for Switzerland to purchase its Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) missiles and related support equipment. With this agreement, Switzerland becomes PAC-3’s 15th partner nation.

“We’re honoured to partner with Switzerland to equip the Switzerland Armed Forces with the latest in air and missile defense technology to protect and defend Switzerland airspace from incoming threats,” said Brenda Davidson, vice president of PAC-3 Programs.

PAC-3 MSE will bolster Switzerland’s Patriot ground-based air defense system as a part of the Switzerland Air Force’s Air2030 programme.

Lockheed Martin and Armasuisse also finalised the Offset Agreement supporting the PAC-3 MSE programme. This agreement is the catalyst for multiple new projects that will support Switzerland’s security-relevant technology and industry base(STIB).

The PAC-3 MSE expands the battlespace with a dual-pulse solid rocket motor, providing increased performance in altitude and range. PAC-3 MSE is a high-velocity interceptor that defends against incoming threats, including tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, advanced threats and aircraft. The PAC-3 MSE missile uses Hit-to-Kill technology, intercepting threats through kinetic energy via body-to-body contact.