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Cruise Missile Defense Contract Awarded to Raytheon
SMDC PAO - 2/2/98
On Jan. 30, the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC) awarded a big contract for the Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor, or JLENS, system to Raytheon Company in Huntsville, Ala.

The JLENS demonstration program has three primary objectives: mitigation of the risk associated with the execution of the program; design, development, procurement, fabrication, integration, test, demonstration, and maintenance of a system which meets the performance specification; and development of an operational "leave behind" system for user evaluation and for use in the event of a contingency deployment.

Total program value, including options for system development/demonstration and operation and sustainment is approximately $300 million. Raytheonís efforts on the JLENS program will be conducted in Raytheon facilities in Massachusetts, California, Florida, and Virginia. Major subcontractors are TRW, TCOM, L.P., Mercury Computer, and Hewlett Packard. Long term acquisition requirements call for 12 complete systems at an estimated value of $1.6 billion.

"This initial effort is the start of a truly joint military effort to develop cost-effective, airborne sensors to detect land attack cruise missiles," said Col. (Promotable) Steven W. Flohr, SMDCís deputy commander and director of the commandís acquisition center. "JLENS enhances cruise missile detection and engagement ranges with many of the current air defense weapons, such as PATRIOT, Navy Standard Missile 2, and the corps surface-to-air missile system. It will provide our warfighters with the capability to destroy cruise missile threats away from our troops well over enemy territory," Flohr continued.

Prepared by Gerda Sherrill