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Raytheon's JLENS Passes Key Milestone

TEWKSBURY, Mass., Feb. 11, 2009 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company's JLENS (Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System) has successfully conducted a critical design review representing a key milestone in the U.S. Army program to provide cruise missile defense capability for U.S. warfighters.

"JLENS is moving forward to provide the soldier with key performance capabilities," said Lt. Col. Stephen Willhelm, JLENS product manager, U.S. Army Program Executive Office for Missiles and Space. "The JLENS CDR demonstrates that the design maturity is where we need it to be and reaffirms our continued confidence that this critical cruise missile defense capability is on track to be provided to our warfighters."

"The JLENS team continues rapid and disciplined progress on schedule," said Pete Franklin, vice president, National & Theater Security Programs for Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems. "The success of this "Orbit" (System) CDR affirms the strength of the team and our confidence in JLENS maturity."

The review thoroughly assessed all aspects of the JLENS design maturity and confidence. The successful CDR represents a key milestone event for the $1.4 billion system design and demonstration contract, under which two JLENS Orbits are being delivered. Successful completion of this milestone allows transition into the fabrication, assembly, integration and test phase of the JLENS program.

JLENS provides long-duration, wide-area, over-the-horizon detection and tracking of incoming cruise missiles. At the same time, it supplies the battlefield commander with situational awareness and elevated communications capabilities to provide sufficient warning to enable air defense systems to engage and defeat threats.

Each JLENS Orbit consists of two systems: a surveillance system, which includes an elevated long-range surveillance radar; and a fire control system, which includes an elevated high-performance fire control radar. Each radar is integrated onto a large aerostat, which is connected by a tether to the ground-based mobile mooring station and communications processing group.

Integrated Defense Systems is Raytheon's leader in Global Capabilities Integration providing affordable, integrated solutions to a broad international and domestic customer base, including the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, the U.S. Armed Forces and the Department of Homeland Security.

Raytheon Company, with 2008 sales of $23.2 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 87 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 73,000 people worldwide.

    Maureen Heard

SOURCE: Raytheon Company

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