Military Knowledge: MIM-103C PAC-2 missile
The PAC-2 is a single-stage solid-fuel air defense missile developed by Raytheon to hunt for tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and aircraft.
The target destruction mechanism in the PAC-2 missile is based on high-explosive blast/fragmentation warhead with a proximity fuse. This missile has the ability to intercept ballistic targets with a maximum speed of mach +4.
The minimum altitude of the PAC-2 missile is about 2.5 km, which is useless against cruise missiles and drones flying at low altitudes. Given this weakness, Yemen’s Ansar Allah has focused on the use of drones and cruise missiles and has dealt repeated blows to the Saudi coalition in Yemen war.
Missile guidance is based on the Track-via-missile method. Track-via-missile or TVM refers to a missile guidance technique which combines features of semi-active radar homing (SARH) and radio command guidance. This avoids the problems with terminal accuracy normally seen by command guided missiles, especially at long range.
PAC-2 missile specifications:
Range: +90 km
Length: 5.8 m
Diameter: 40 cm
Missile weight: 900 kg
Warhead weight: 90 kg
Maximum (engage) altitude: 30 km
Minimum (engage) altitude: 2.5 km
Maximum speed (ballistic): Mach +4
Max number of missiles on a launcher: 4 rounds