VINCORION Receives Order for 40 PAC-3® Chassis Kits
Mechatronics manufacturer VINCORION has received an order to supply 40 chassis kits for the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missile and air defense system’s Enhanced Launcher Electronics System (ELES).
The company was awarded the contract by the US manufacturer Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control headquartered in Grand Prairie, Texas. The order has a total value of approximately 8.4 million euros and represents an extension of an order the company received in 2019. As a result, the total order value has increased to approximately 17.4 million euros. Delivery is scheduled to begin in June 2021.
“The PAC-3 system is still one of the most advanced air defense systems in the world,” said Dr. Stefan Stenzel, Managing Director of VINCORION. “We are delighted that our technological solutions can contribute to the safe and reliable operation of the system over its entire life cycle.”
Enhanced Launcher Electronics System a Key Component of the PAC-3 System
The PAC-3 system is a technological upgrade to the ground-based Patriot missile and air defense system, which is used around the world to defend against aircraft, cruise missiles, and tactical ballistic missiles.
The current configuration allows the use of 16 instead of the original four missiles – effectively quadrupling the firepower. In addition, the missiles feature greater agility as well as greater accuracy due to being equipped with a radar homing head. This advancement is a prerequisite for effectively intercepting cruise missiles and tactical ballistic missiles. A key part of the upgrade is the Enhanced Launcher Electronics System.
VINCORION has been supplying the ELES kits for the PAC-3 system since 1999, initially as a subcontractor of Daimler Chrysler Aerospace and then of MBDA/GLVS. The company has been a first-tier supplier to Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control since 2012.