October 15, 2014

JLENSAccording to a recent press release, Raytheon has completed software integration testing of its Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor (JLENS) system within the U.S. Army’s North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), bringing the East Coast one step closer to being better defended against potential airborne threats.

JLENS is comprised of two tethered blimps that float 10,000 feet in the air, which carry powerful radars that can protect territories roughly the size of Texas from airborne threats (cruise missiles, drones, airplanes, etc.) from up to 340 miles away.

Raytheon's Dave Gulla, vice president of Integrated Defense Systems' Global Integrated Sensors business area, said in the release, "The lab tests proved that information from JLENS can be converted into a format that can be used by NORAD's command and control system. With JLENS providing data to NORAD, our military will have a more accurate picture of what is flying in the National Capital Region's airspace, and be able to identify slow-and-low flying threats such as cruise missiles and drones."

The JLENS system is scheduled to be emplaced at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Md., later this year, in an effort to further defend the Nation’s Capital Region. A second JLENS system is currently in strategic reserve, ready to be deployed anywhere in the world at the request of commanders, should they need comprehensive cruise missile defense.

Continuous integration testing as JLENS was placed within NORAD was likely used to verify that any new code didn’t bring about unexpected behavior from the software.

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