Upgraded Patriot Missile Defense System (PAC-3)

Upgraded Patriot Missile Defense System (PAC-3)
Letterkenny Army Depot is rebuilding components of the Patriot missile system for the Netherlands.
It is a forerunner of things to come,” said L. Michael Ross, chairman of Team Letterkenny and president of the Franklin County Area Development Corp.
“Discussions are going on daily between Letterkenny and governments around the world, not just about the Patriot, but other missile systems.”
Raytheon recently was awarded a $2.3 billion contract to modernize Patriot systems globally.
Letterkenny did not disclose the size of the Patriot contract with The Netherlands or describe its impact on local employment.
The Netherlands in 2015 opted to modernize its Patriot system rather than buy into the developing Medium Extended Air Defense System. The Netherlands chose to extend the life of its Patriot system to 2040.
Letterkenny, located north of Chambersburg, is the military’s main Patriot repair center. Patriot is the foundation of air and missile defense for 14 nations, according to Patriot manufacturer Raytheon.
“Not only does LEAD provide materiel readiness to the U.S. Armed Forces, but we do the same for many U.S. allies as well,” said depot Commander Col. Stephen Ledbetter. “The Netherlands have been long-term allies, and we are very proud to continue to support this partnership.”
The first piece of equipment is to arrive under guard in February, according to First Lt. Johan Thomissen, liaison officer with the Royal Netherlands Air Force. Large supply containers will accompany it.
“This makes perfect sense to be at Letterkenny because of the dedicated space, skilled artisans, established recap processes and existing supply systems,” said Thomissen, who will act as intermediary between Letterkenny and the Netherlands Defence Materiel Organization at Utrecht.
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