GKN Aerospace has signed a follow-on contract with Lockheed Martin to supply launch tubes for the PAC-3 missile segment enhancement (MSE).

The agreement will see the supply of the launch tubes until 2025.

In addition to the follow-on contract, the two companies also signed an agreement for a development contract.

It covers acquiring the necessary tooling, pathfinder units, and qualification. This will help in the production of the mid-section and seeker housing.

This development contract will start this month with PAC-3 MSE hardware production scheduled to take place in 2024.

GKN Aerospace Defense Business president Krisstie Kondrotis said: “Our extensive relationship with Lockheed Martin on the PAC-3 is built on our outstanding performance, commitment and dedication to our customers.

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“I am proud of our team for their hard work, and we appreciate the opportunity to expand our involvement in support of the PAC-3.”

Fokker business of GKN Aerospace has applied proven production methodologies that support the PAC-3 programme with the lightweight composite launch tubes development.

Featuring ‘hit-to-kill’ technology, the PAC-3 family of missiles defend against incoming threats, including advanced tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and aircraft.

Building on the combat-proven PAC-3 cost reduction initiative (CRI) interceptor, the PAC-3 MSE expands the ‘lethal battlespace’ with a two-pulse solid rocket motor.

Currently, 14 nations have selected PAC-3 CRI and PAC-3 MSE to provide missile defence capabilities.