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PAC-3 MSE

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Pics (finally) from one of the PAC-3 MSE tests. The MSE has a bigger, dual-pulse motor, and different control surfaces. The 2nd pulse burn can be seen in the 2nd picture.





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http://www.lockheedmartin.com/data/assets/mfc/Photos/MFC_PAC-3_MSE_photo2_h.jpg
http://www.lockheedmartin.com/data/assets/mfc/Photos/MFC_PAC3mse_photo4_h.jpg
 

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A PAC-3 MSE test at White Sands. The target missile was launched from Ft Wingate near the Arizona border and about 200 miles away and due west of Albuquerque. This makes for an interesting flight path crossing through a good chunk of New Mexico air space (or maybe just "space").

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFnC-6NipxM
 

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Not an uncommon launch site. Here's one with a pair of PAC-2s shooting down a Juno over the same trajectory:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfOTEMGhASc


If you search Youtube for "missile wingate" there are a lot of shots of residents shooting footage at dusk of the target vehicle contrails.
 

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fredymac said:
A PAC-3 MSE test at White Sands. The target missile was launched from Ft Wingate near the Arizona border and about 200 miles away and due west of Albuquerque. This makes for an interesting flight path crossing through a good chunk of New Mexico air space (or maybe just "space").
Was looking at this a little closer and is that white area insulation? (See below.) If that's the case, given that you don't see that on ESSM, SM-2/6, PAC-2, S-300, etc. that thing must really move.
 

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http://aviationweek.com/defense/lockheeds-annual-pac-3-order-grows-145-billion
 

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$1.45 billion, not $145 billion. ;)
 

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http://www.upi.com/Defense-News/2017/02/10/US-Army-awards-3-billion-in-missile-defense-contracts/3241486744372/
 

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http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/16486/enhanced-patriot-missile-enters-full-rate-production-will-sell-like-hotcakes
 

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I remember I once, years ago, managed to stumble onto some NATO issued pdf where PAC-3 (non MSE) range against aerodynamic targets was stated. And my memory has it as something like 60 or 70 kilometers. But I can not find any similar documents anymore.

Does anyone have any similar document or a credible source stating PAC-3 (MSE or non MSE, doesn't matter) range against aircraft?
 

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I remember I once, years ago, managed to stumble onto some NATO issued pdf where PAC-3 (non MSE) range against aerodynamic targets was stated. And my memory has it as something like 60 or 70 kilometers. But I can not find any similar documents anymore.

Does anyone have any similar document or a credible source stating PAC-3 (MSE or non MSE, doesn't matter) range against aircraft?
I've read it described as "in excess of 50 km" for the baseline PAC-3. Don't remember where. That said, given that the MSE is now the production standard I seriously doubt that the weapon would be the first choice against aircraft. Cheaper PAC-2 interceptors are probably the more optimized interceptor for those targets with the $5 Million MSE reserved for more stressing Ballistic Missiles which is the primary target they were/are designed to defeat. I've always wondered if they'll look to upgrade those PAC-2 rounds given that they offer quite an affordable option for AAW given that LTFI is also going to be optimized for the TBM and possibly hypersonic threat which would make it even more expensive than the MSE.
 
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