Lockheed Martin from US delivers to Poland first Patriot PAC-3 MSE air defense missile systems

According to information published by the Polish Television News Channel "TVP World" on March 9, 2023, the American company Lockheed Martin has delivered to Poland the first batch of Patriot PAC-3 MSE air defense missile systems.
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Launcher unit of PAC-3 Patriot air defense system of the 5th Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery of U.S. Army. (Picture source U.S. DoD)

With the delivery of Patriot PAC-3 MSE, the Polish armed forces will be equipped with one of the most modern air defense missile systems which is able to counter and defeat tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, aircraft, and drones.

In 2018, Poland signed a $4.75 billion contract with the United States to acquire the Patriot missile defense system. This was part of Poland's efforts to modernize its military and increase its defenses against potential threats.

The Patriot air defense system includes various components, including radar, launchers, and missiles, and is integrated with other air defense systems to provide a layered defense against a wide range of threats. The Patriot missile defense system is widely used by the United States and several of its allies and has a proven track record of effectiveness in combat situations.

The PAC-3 MSE (Patriot Advanced Capability-3 Missile Segment Enhancement) is an upgraded version of the Patriot missile defense system developed by Lockheed Martin. The PAC-3 MSE missile is designed to provide advanced defense capabilities against a range of threats, including tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, and enemy aircraft.

Compared to the previous PAC-3 missile, the PAC-3 MSE has a larger, more powerful dual-pulse solid rocket motor, as well as an improved guidance system that enables it to engage targets more effectively at longer ranges. The missile's advanced hit-to-kill technology allows it to intercept incoming threats with great precision, destroying them before they reach their intended target.

The PAC-3 MSE is a significant improvement over previous Patriot missile defense systems and has been integrated into the air defense arsenals of several countries, including the United States, Germany, and Japan. Its advanced capabilities make it a critical component of many nations' air defense strategies, as it provides enhanced protection against a range of airborne threats.

The range of the PAC-3 MSE (Patriot Advanced Capability-3 Missile Segment Enhancement) missile is similar to that of the PAC-3 missile, but with an extended engagement range.

The PAC-3 MSE missile has a maximum range of around 35 kilometers and an altitude capability of up to 40 km . This enhanced range and altitude capability allow the PAC-3 MSE to engage and destroy incoming threats at greater distances, providing an increased level of protection against a variety of airborne threats, including tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, and enemy aircraft.