|The MIM-104 Patriot is a surface-to-air missile (SAM) system. It is manufactured by the U.S. defense contractor Raytheon and derives its name from the radar component of the weapon system. The AN/MPQ-53 at the heart of the system is known as the "Phased array Tracking Radar to Intercept on Target" or the bacronym PATRIOT.|
The Patriot System has been given the function of the U.S. Army's anti-ballistic missile (ABM) system, which is now Patriot's primary mission. An anti-ballistic missile (ABM) is a surface-to-air missile designed to counter ballistic missiles. Ballistic missiles are used to deliver nuclear, chemical, biological or conventional warheads in a ballistic flight trajectory. The term "anti-ballistic missile" is a generic term conveying a system designed to intercept and destroy any type of ballistic threat.
|The PAC-3 Missile uses a solid propellant rocket motor, aerodynamic controls, attitude
control motors (ACMs) and inertial guidance to navigate. The missile flies to an intercept
point specified prior to launch by its ground-based fire solution computer.|
|Unit cost is between US$2 to 6 million|