The U.S. Air Force and Army have tested a Raytheon-made air-to-air missile and airborne radar system with the goal of intercepting an anti-ship cruise missile target.
Raytheon’s blimp-like Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System relayed targeting information via a Link 16 network to an F-15E fighter jet during the test, the company said Wednesday.
The fighter pilot used information detected by JLENS to fire an AIM-120C7 AMRAAM, which destroyed the target.
Dave Gulla, Raytheon vice president of global integrated sensors, said the company aims to integrate JLENS’ targeting information with the missile to help allies defend waterways.
Dean Barten, the Army’s JLENS product manager, said the service previously tested the sensor in conjunction with the Patriot and Standard Missile-6.
JLENS works to track large-caliber rockets and tactical ballistic missiles and fly at altitudes of up to 10,000 feet, Raytheon says.