US Army JLENS programme moves forward
Raytheon has announced that the US Army’s first class of soldiers have completed mission operator training on the company’s Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defence Elevated Netted Sensor System (JLENS). The persistent over-the-horizon sensor system has moved closer to bringing warfighters the ability to detect, track and engage threats such as swarming boats and incoming cruise missiles, around the clock, from hundreds of miles away.
The training saw soldiers learn to use JLENS to detect and target incoming cruise missiles, and track ships, cars, trucks and boats. They also practiced setting up the system and communicating information gleaned from JLENS sensors to US Army, navy and air force counterparts. The soldiers are now ready to being structured training on the actual JLENS hardware.
According to Raytheon, JLENS uses a powerful integrated radar system to detect, track and target a variety of threats. This capability better enables commanders to defend against threats, including hostile cruise missiles, low-flying manned and unmanned aircraft, large calibre rockets, and moving surface vehicles such as boats, SCUD-launchers, automobiles and tanks. It has been designed to provide an additional and vital layer to national security capabilities.
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