The Navy’s Warships Can Now Fire the Army’s Patriot PAC-3 Air Defense Missiles

June 12, 2024

Popular Mechanics

The U.S.’s land and sea warfare services may be fierce rivals on the football field, but when it comes to munitions, they increasingly resemble a couple showing up to work wearing each other’s clothes.

The Army is now deploying Typhon land-attack missile batteries that use the Navy’s SM-6 and Tomahawk missiles, and both services are collaborating on a hypersonic missile destined for Army trucks, Navy submarines, and Navy destroyers.

Now, a recently revealed 2024 test suggests that the Navy could potentially stuff the Army’s Patriot PAC-3 MSE air defense missiles into the Mark 41 vertical launch cells of both their Arleigh Burke-class destroyers and future Constellation-class frigates. The former has 90 or 96 cells in total, and the latter should have 32.

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