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Upgrade for Germany

Upgrade for Germany July 31, 2019

The US-based company Raytheon will upgrade Germany's Patriots air defence systems to the improved PAC-3 MSE standard. Shortly after the German Defence and Budget Committees approved the upgrade, the US $ 105.5 million contract aims to bring Germany's air defence system in line with other EU and NATO countries using Patriot. The German army's inventory includes Patriot PAC-3 air defence systems delivered by the United States between 2008 and 2010.

The improved version of the PAC-3 missile, the PAC-3 MSE (Missile Segment Enhancement), works with the hit-to-kill principle. Instead of exploding near the target, the principle of hit-to-kill destroys the target with kinetic energy by hitting it directly. The PAC-3 MSE incorporates a larger, dual pulse solid rocket motor; larger fins; and upgraded actuators and thermal batteries to accommodate increased performance.

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