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Raytheon JLENS aerostat successfully detects missile threats

19th February 2013 - 17:51 GMT | by Beth Stevenson in London


Raytheon has announced that its Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System (JLENS) tethered surveillance aerostat managed to detect and track four ballistic missile surrogates during recent testing.

According to company statements in a media briefing on 19 February, the system demonstrated tactical ballistic missile defence using its X-band radar at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, adding to a series of demonstrations conducted on board the platform in recent years.

The radar tracked two ripple-fired and two individually fired surrogates, which flew paths similar to those that missile systems may take in areas of conflict. 


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Beth Stevenson


Beth Stevenson

Beth is a former senior reporter for Digital Battlespace and Unmanned Vehicles magazines. Beth graduated …

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