by Geoff Ziezulewicz
White Sands Missile Range, N.M. (UPI) Sep 22, 2016
Two Lockheed Martin PAC-3 missiles successfully intercepted two tactical ballistic missile targets during a flight test Wednesday, the company announced.
The U.S. Army-led defense flight test at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., demonstrated the hit-to-kill interceptor's ability to detect, track and destroy an incoming threat, Lockheed said in a statement.
The PAC-3 missile is a high-velocity interceptor that defends against incoming threats that include tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and aircraft.
It employs hit-to-kill technology, which destroys targets through kinetic energy in body-to-body contact.
PAC-3 is used by the United States, The Netherlands, Germany, Japan, United Arab Emirates and Taiwan.
Lockheed is also on contract for the system with Kuwait, Qatar, South Korea and Saudi Arabia.
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