Army test proves JLENS can target swarming boats
JLENS ready to defend ships, critical waterways and strategic infrastructure
from swarming boat threat
SALT LAKE CITY, Oct. 23, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY, Oct. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Early results from a recent U.S.
Army test proved the Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) produced JLENS can provide
target-quality data on swarming boats to a variety of defense command networks
in real time.
"JLENS gives commanders more time and distance to counter dangers like
swarming boats because it can detect threats from hundreds of miles away and
upload targeting information to the network," said David Gulla, vice
president, Global Integrated Sensors at Raytheon's Integrated Defense Systems
business. "This latest success is a further demonstration of JLENS'
During the 6-week long test, JLENS acquired and tracked multiple speed-boats
conducting maneuvers on the Great Salt Lake, and then passed fire control
target-quality information to a simulated higher headquarters.
"JLENS is essential to our national security because no other system has this
type of 360-degree surveillance and fire control capability that can detect,
track and target hundreds of land, sea and airborne threats around the clock
for up to 30 days at a time," said Dean Barten, the U.S. Army's JLENS product
manager. "When JLENS is deployed, it will represent a huge leap forward in our
ability to help protect U.S. and coalition lives and assets."
JLENS, an elevated, persistent over-the-horizon sensor system, 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, and moving
surface vehicles such as boats, mobile missile launchers, automobiles, trucks
and tanks. JLENS also provides ascent phase detection of tactical ballistic
missiles and large-caliber rockets.
oA JLENS system, referred to as an orbit, consists of two tethered,
74-meter aerostats connected to mobile mooring stations and communications
and processing groups.
oThe aerostats fly as high as 10,000 feet, can remain aloft and operational
for up to 30 days, and can detect and target threats up to 550 km (340
statute miles) away.
oOne aerostat carries a 360-degree surveillance radar, while the other
carries a fire control radar.
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Note to Editors
oThe test began on Aug. 23 and ended Sept. 28, 2012.
oSoldiers from A Battery, 3rd Air Defense Artillery, who recently graduated
from the initial JLENS mission director training classes, observed the
oEngineers also tested and validated JLENS' ability to withstand electronic
attack, detect and discriminate surface moving targets, perform automatic
combat identification and to operate on the following networks:
oCooperative Engagement Capability
oIntegrated Broadcast System
oJoint Range Extension Applications Protocol
oArmy Battle Command System
SOURCE Raytheon Company
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