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Raytheon's JLENS successfully tracks test targets

14th April 2011 - 13:13 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Raytheon Company's JLENS (Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System) has successfully demonstrated tracking targets of opportunity in the Salt Lake City air space. Testing and integration of the system is being conducted at the Utah Test and Training Range.

This successful test follows a number of program milestones, including the first full-power transmit from the fire control radar. During previous testing at the Raytheon facility in Pelham, N.H., the radar successfully tracked targets of opportunity and ran planned flight tests for position verification.

"The JLENS program continues to demonstrate significant system maturity during real-world testing in Utah," said Dave Gulla, vice president, Global Integrated Sensors at Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems. "JLENS is a game-changing system for warfighters, providing enhanced situational awareness and surveillance capabilities in the detection and deterrence of cruise missile and unmanned aerial threats."

JLENS is the first aerostat platform featuring long-duration, wide-area, over-the-horizon detection and tracking of low-altitude cruise missiles and other threats. Additionally, its capabilities provide the battlefield commander with enhanced situational awareness and elevated communications, enabling sufficient warning to engage air defense systems and defeat threats.

"The JLENS team continues to meet significant program milestones, executing an aggressive test and training schedule," said Ken Gordon, program director, Raytheon's JLENS program. "The ongoing testing in Utah affirms our confidence in the system's technical maturity."

The fire control radar is one of two advanced, elevated sensor systems deployed on JLENS. The fire control radar performs wide area surveillance and precision tracking across the battlespace. It also provides combat identification and cues weapon systems to intercept threats at maximum ranges from defended assets.

Work on the JLENS program is performed at Raytheon sites located in Massachusetts, California, New Hampshire, Texas and Maryland. Raytheon IDS develops the fire control radar and processing station. Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems develops the surveillance radar. TCOM, L.P., based in Maryland, makes the aerostat and associated ground equipment.

Source: Raytheon

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