According to information released by the Swedish armed forces on November 19, 2021, the Patriot The Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) air defense missile systems have officially entered service with the Swedish armed forces.
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The Swedish Armed Forces Air Defense Regiment has officially received the first Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) air defense missile system. (Source photo Swedish Armed Forces Stefan Bratt)
The introduction of the new PATRIOT November 18, 2021 marks the start of a new era for Swedish air defense. The system, which is known as Air Defense System 103 (LvS103), is a decisive step towards improving Swedish air defense capability.
Swedish air defense expertise, along with a number of foreign guests from the U.S. military and delivery industries, were present at the handover ceremony to the air defense regiment in Halmstad on November 18, 2021 With the acquisition of the new air defense system, Sweden now has three launchers for two types of missiles, a command post, a combined reconnaissance and fire control radar, a power plant , a repair unit and towing vehicles.
Thanks to LvS103, the Swedish armed forces will have the capacity to counter long-range missiles and air attacks and we will also be able to fight against ballistic missiles. This is a powerful modernization and upgrade of Swedish air defense and the Swedish defense capability as a whole, said Peter Hultqvist, Swedish Minister of Defense.
In August 2018, the US and Swedish authorities formalized an agreement for Sweden to purchase the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) missiles from Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and supporting equipment. related. Once the contract is signed, Sweden will become the sixth international customer to sign an agreement to purchase PAC-3 MSE.
In May 2021, Lockheed Martin announced the first delivery of the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) interceptors in April, providing Sweden with the world’s most advanced air defense missile using the technology. Hit-to-Kill. to defend against incoming threats.
Sweden joins the United States, Qatar, Japan, Romania, Poland and the United Arab Emirates in procuring the PAC-3 MSE. Several other countries have also expressed interest in improving their missile defense capabilities with the PAC-3 MSE as part of the Patriot system.
The American company Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor for the upgrade of the PAC-3 MSE of the Patriot air defense system. The upgraded PAC-3 MSE expands the lethal battlespace with a solid dual-pulse rocket motor, delivering increased performance at altitude and range. PAC-3 MSE is a high-speed interceptor that defends against incoming threats, including tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, and aircraft. The missile uses Hit-to-Kill technology, which engages threats using kinetic energy through melee contact.