Switzerland has cemented a deal with the United States for the procurement of Lockheed Martin’s advanced PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) missiles.
This agreement positions Switzerland as the fifteenth nation to integrate the PAC-3 system.
Brenda Davidson, Lockheed Martin’s vice president of PAC-3 Programmes, highlighted the collaborative nature of the agreement in a press release:
“We’re honoured to partner with Switzerland to equip the Swiss Armed Forces with the latest in air and missile defence technology to protect and defend Swiss airspace from incoming threats.”
Davidson’s statement underscored the commitment, adding, “Switzerland joins 14 other nations in strengthening their homeland defence against evolving threats.”
This decision is part of Switzerland’s comprehensive Air2030 programme, designed to fortify its Patriot ground-based air defence system. The PAC-3 MSE promises, say Lockheed, to broaden the nation’s defensive horizons by incorporating a dual-pulse solid rocket motor that enhances both the range and altitude of interception capabilities.
The press release delineates the capabilities of the PAC-3 MSE, describing it as “a high-velocity interceptor that defends against incoming threats, including tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, advanced threats and aircraft.”