JLENS demonstrates tactical ballistic missile defense capability

       JLENS demonstrates tactical ballistic missile defense capability

Elevated system detects, tracks ascent-phase ballistic missiles during recent

PR Newswire


WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, N.M., Feb. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Enemy tactical
ballistic missiles may soon be easier to detect and track. During a series of
recent tests, a Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) JLENS demonstrated tactical
ballistic missile defense (TBMD) capability when it detected and tracked a
total of four ballistic-missile surrogates during their ascent (boost) phase.

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During the test, the JLENS X-Band radar tracked two ripple-fired and two
individually fired ballistic-missile surrogates. The missiles flew flight
profiles similar to the profiles enemy tactical ballistic missiles might fly
in high-threat regions of the globe.

"Along with other systems in Raytheon's family of X-Band radars, JLENS can
provide a robust early warning and tracking capability against ballistic
missiles," said David Gulla, vice president of Global Integrated Sensors for
Raytheon's Integrated Defense Systems business. "This TBMD demonstration and
JLENS' other recent successes prove that the system is ready to deploy for a
combatant commander operational evaluation."

JLENS demonstrated its capability against cruise missiles when it enabled
Patriot and Standard Missile-6 intercepts of cruise-missile surrogates during
separate tests. JLENS also completed two developmental tests and demonstrated
its ability to stay aloft for long durations.

"JLENS' TBMD capability gives combatant commands another tool they can use to
help protect the U.S., deployed forces, our allies and friends from the
growing ballistic missile threat," said Dean Barten, the U.S. Army's JLENS
program manager. "JLENS' TBMD capability, when coupled with its ability to
conduct 360-degree long-range surveillance capability and simultaneously
detect and engage threats like swarming boats and anti-ship cruise missiles
from up to 340 miles away, gives commanders a powerful proven capability."

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, automobiles and trucks; and to provide
ascent-phase detection of tactical ballistic missiles and large caliber


  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 and can remain aloft and
    operational for up to 30 days.
  oOne aerostat carries surveillance radar with 360-degree surveillance
    capability; the other aerostat carries a fire control radar.
  oAccording to research conducted by the U.S. Army's JLENS Product office,
    the cost of operating large, fixed-wing surveillance aircraft is 5-7 times
    greater than the cost of operating JLENS.
  oThe JLENS surveillance radar can simultaneously track hundreds of threats;
    the fire control radar can simultaneously target dozens of threats.

About Raytheon
Raytheon Company, with 2012 sales of $24 billion and 68,000 employees
worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense,
homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a
history of innovation spanning 91 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art
electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas
of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence
systems; as well as a broad range of mission support services. Raytheon is
headquartered in Waltham, Mass. For more about Raytheon, visit us at
www.raytheon.com and follow us on Twitter @raytheon.

Note to Editors
The test, which was conducted at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., met all
primary and secondary objectives, including launch point estimation, ballistic
tracking and discrimination performance.

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