"By putting JLENS in strategic reserve, the Army
is giving combatant commanders around the globe
the ability to pick up the phone and, in short
order, receive this incredible air defense
capability in their area of responsibility,"
said Raytheon's Dave Gulla, vice president of
Integrated Defense Systems' Global Integrated
Sensors business area.
The U.S. Army has procured two JLENS systems to
date. In addition to keeping one system in
strategic reserve, a second system is scheduled
to participate in an operational evaluation at
Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, in fall of
JLENS completed Early User Testing in the
third quarter of 2013, and concluded system
design and development in the fourth quarter of
"JLENS has proven its ability to extend the
air-defense umbrella by integrating with our
nation's land-, sea-, and air-based air defenses
to detect and intercept threats, such as
airplanes, drones and cruise missiles," said
Doug Burgess, Raytheon's JLENS program director.
"The success of this operational evaluation is
another significant step forward because it will
demonstrate that JLENS has unmatched defensive
capabilities. Raytheon is doing its part to get
both the Soldiers and the system ready."
Since JLENS began development in 2005, it has
completed a rigorous testing program that
included tracking and targeting airplanes and
drones, and helping destroy cruise missile
targets by integrating with the Patriot Air and
Missile Defense System, Standard Missile 6 and
AMRAAM defensive systems.
JLENS has also tracked threats such as
swarming boats, unmanned aircraft, and detected
tactical ballistic missiles in their