TEWKSBURY, Mass., Feb. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company's (NYSE: RTN) JLENS (Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System) program has successfully demonstrated the ability to transmit from an elevated aerostat.
The JLENS demonstration was conducted at the Utah Test and Training Range. The aerostat deployed to an altitude of 10,000 feet mean sea level, and the surveillance radar began emitting radio frequency radiation into free space for the first time.
"This milestone demonstrates another step in the maturing of our JLENS program as a game- changing capability for our warfighters to detect and defend against cruise missile threats," said Dave Gulla, vice president, National & Theater Security Programs for Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems.
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. 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 surveillance radar performs wide area surveillance and fire control sensor cueing and is one of two advanced elevated sensor systems deployed on JLENS. The multifunctional fire control radar performs sector surveillance, provides combat identification support, and supports extended range engagements of weapon systems to intercept threats at the maximum possible range from defended assets. Deployed on a 74-meter (about 243 feet) aerostat, JLENS provides the warfighter with a low-altitude, single integrated air picture and the ability to conduct air-directed surface-to-air missile engagements.
Raytheon Company, with 2010 sales of $25 billion, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 89 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. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 72,000 people worldwide.
SOURCE Raytheon Company