Ballistic Missiles No Match for Patriot Upgrade

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    Pathfinder Lieutenant Colonel

    Dec 17, 2015
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    Flight test proves ballistic missiles no match for latest Patriot upgrade

    WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, N.M., Dec. 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- A successful flight test has proved that the latest upgrades to the Raytheon-made (NYSE: RTN) Patriot Integrated Air and Missile Defense system will be able to destroy advanced threats at greater ranges. The upgraded system more effectively employs the newest Patriot interceptor.

    The combat-proven Patriot system, upgraded with a suite of improvements collectively known as Post-Deployment Build 8 (PDB-8), successfully tracked and engaged a ballistic missile target with PAC-3 MSE missiles during the test.

    PDB-8 takes advantages of various hardware upgrades. In effect PDB-8 users will have the following advantages in their Patriot systems:
    • Enhanced capability against a variety of threats
    • An improved Identification Friend or Foe capability
    • Improved radar search capability and target detection as well as identification
    • A new Fire Solution Computer, that enables the new Patriot to take advantage of the PAC-3 MSE missile capabilities
    • An Enhanced Weapons Computer, which is projected to provide up to 50 percent more processing power for software enhancements, allowing it to address evolving threats by using commercial off-the-shelf processors
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