The Ballistic Missile Defense Organization and the U.S. Army plan to conduct an intercept test flight of a Patriot Advance Capability (PAC-3) Missile at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., Thursday, Aug. 19 at 6:45 a.m. Mountain Daylight Time.

Video of the flight test can be down-linked at 3:30 p.m. EDT, 1:30 p.m. MDT on Thursday, Aug 19. There will be a five minute window for the downlink. Satellite coordinates are the following: TelStar 4; transponder 12 upper; audio: 6.2 — 6.8; Ku band; frequency 12059 horizontal.

The PAC-3 Missile is a high velocity, hit-to-kill missile and is the next generation Patriot missile being developed to provide increased capability against advanced tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and hostile aircraft.

The objectives of the test include body-to-body intercept (kinetic energy kill) of a threat representative tactical ballistic missile target; demonstrating capability of the PAC-3 ground system and missile to detect, track, and engage the target; and to collect data to evaluate missile homing functions. To support the flight objectives, a Hera ballistic missile target will also be launched.

To date, the PAC-3 missile has successfully completed three missions. The first two missions were development tests that consisted of missiles with special instrumentation packages in place of the seeker. These two missions were structured to verify critical systems and missile performance prior to beginning target intercept flight tests. A seeker characterization flight (SCF) mission flown March 15, 1999, to test a PAC-3 missile with a seeker. Although not a primary objective of the SCF, a successful intercept of the Hera target was achieved.

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Dallas, Texas, is the prime contractor for the PAC-3 missile. The seeker is produced by Boeing. Raytheon Company is the system integrator for the PAC-3 missile.