Patriot PAC-3

The PATRIOT Advanced Capability – 3 (PAC-3) program is an air-defense, guided missile system with long-range, medium to high-altitude, all-weather capabilities designed to counter tactical ballistic missiles (TBMs), cruise missiles, and advanced aircraft.  The PAC-3 missile uses hit-to-kill (HTK)technology for greater lethality against TBMs armed with weapons of mass destruction.  Aerojet Rocketdyne produces the solid propellant rocket motor (SRM) and the 180 small, short duration solid propellant attitude control motors (ACMs) rocket motors for this missile.  These ACMs fire explosively to refine the missile's course to assure body-to-body HTK impact.