Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System (JLENS) Land-Based Testing Sites
WEST DESERT TEST CENTER (ARMY) DUGWAY PROVING GROUND UT WEST DESERT TECHNICAL CTR
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The worldwide threat to the security of the United States U.S. by hostile nations and terrorist organizations poses significant danger to both civilian populations and the U.S. Armed Forces. The Department of Defense DoD is especially concerned with the threat posed by cruise missiles. Cruise missiles typically fly at low altitudes with long range flight patterns which make them difficult to detect until at extremely close range. The highly accurate command and control guidance packages of cruise missiles make deployed personnel and assets extremely vulnerable to attack. The current capability of the U.S. Armed Forces to detect land attack cruise missiles LACM is limited by terrain and position. This capability diminishes as the LACM threat moves inland because theater commanders lose assistance from naval ships positioned along coastal areas. The DoD and Joint Chiefs of Staff JCS have selected the Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System JLENS as a cost-effective, aerial technology solution for defense against LACMs and directed the U.S. Army to function as the lead service in its development.
- Antimissile Defense Systems
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