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SOLDIERS CERTIFIED TO PROTECT METRO D.C. WITH RAYTHEON'S JLENS RADAR BLIMP
Thursday, September 18, 2014

Source: Raytheon

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - Mission ready. That was the verdict for the U.S. Army's A Battery, 3rd Air Defense Artillery, who were recently certified to operate Raytheon Co's JLENS radar to protect the National Capital Region (NCR) from cruise missiles and drone threats.

JLENS is a system of two aerostats, or tethered blimps, that float 10,000 feet in the air. The helium filled aerostats, each nearly as long as a football field, carry powerful radars that can protect a territory roughly the size of Texas from airborne threats. JLENS provides 360-degrees of defensive radar coverage and can detect and track objects like cruise missiles, drones and airplanes from up to 340 miles away.

"When JLENS deploys to Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., later this year, it will provide a powerful new capability to the National Capital Region's Integrated Air Defense System (IADS)," said Raytheon's Dave Gulla, vice president of Integrated Defense Systems' Global Integrated Sensors business area. "With this certification, the soldiers now possess the skills to maximize the capabilities of JLENS to help defend our country from the growing cruise missile and drone threat."

Raytheon employees worked with U.S. NORTHCOM and the soldiers to develop the tactics, techniques and procedures for using JLENS as part of the NCR's IADS. Raytheon also helped prepare the soldiers for the Army's independent certification process by training them on a variety of key tasks.

Source:  http://www.raytheon.com/
Source Date: September 18, 2014
Posted: 09/18/2014
 

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