Timely Defenders: Keeping Patriots in Shape
South Korea’s billion-dollar request.
Nov 5/14: Korea. The US DSCA announces South Korea’s official export request for PAC-3 missiles to upgrade its Korea Air Missile Defense (KAMD) system from its existing PAC-2 GEM-Ts. This will create better interoperability with American forces in theater, while enhancing the country’s ballistic missile defenses (q.v. March 12/14). The estimated cost is up to $1.405 billion, and includes:
- 136 PAC-3 Missiles with containers
- 2 Patriot-As-A-Target (PAAT) Flight Test Targets with 2 PAC-3 Telemetry Kits
- 10 Fire Solution Computers
- 18 Launcher Station Modification Kits
- 8 Guided Missile Transporters
- 8 Missile Round Trainers
- 8 PAC-3 Slings
- 13 Installation Kits for TPX-58 Identification Friend or Foe with KIV-77 crypto
- PAC-3 Ground Support Equipment (GSE)
- 10 Shorting Plugs
- 77 Defense Advanced Global Positioning Receivers (DAGR GPS) and Installation Kits
- Patriot Fiber Optic Modem
- 4 AN/VRC-90E Radios with Installation Kits
- 10 Patriot Automated Logistics System Kits
- Plus the usual spare and repair parts, support equipment, communication equipment, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment, and US Government and contractor support.
The principal contractors will be Raytheon Corporation in Andover, MA (config-3 ground systems); and Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control in Dallas, TX (PAC-3 missiles). Implementation of this proposed sale won’t require the assignment of any additional US Government or contractor personnel to Korea, beyond temporary in-country visits to meet program technical and management oversight and support requirements. Sources: US DSCA #14-52, “Republic of Korea – Patriot Advanced Capability (PAC-3) Missiles”.
The USA’s MIM-104 Phased Array Tracking Radar Intercept On Target (PATRIOT) anti-air missile system offers an advanced backbone for medium-range air defense, and short-range ballistic missile defense, to America and its allies. This article covers domestic and foreign purchase requests and contracts for Patriot systems. It also compiles information about the engineering service contracts that upgrade these systems, ensure that they continue to work, and integrate them with wider command and defense systems.
The Patriot missile franchise’s future appears assured. At present, 12 nations have chosen it as a key component of their air and missile defense systems: the USA, Germany, Greece, Japan, Israel, Kuwait, The Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan and the UAE. Poland, Qatar, and Turkey have all indicated varying levels of interest, and some existing customers are looking to upgrade their systems.
The Patriot Missile Family
PATRIOT Ground Systems
PATRIOT Missile Variants
The USA’s Patriot Programs
Pure Fleet, etc.
Over the Horizon: PAC-3 MSE
Patriot Engineering Services Contracts
Other PATRIOT-Related Contracts & Events
Other PATRIOT Modifications
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