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JLENS program marks milestone

TEWKSBURY, Mass., Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Raytheon has reached a milestone in the development of a cruise missile countermeasures program for the U.S. Army.

U.S. company Raytheon says it has successfully conducted a design review for its Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System. Officials say the design review demonstrated "maturity and confidence" for the JLENS.

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The JLENS is being developed to offer Army units the ability to detect and track cruise missile threats with enough warning to engage air defenses.

The successful design review marked a milestone for Raytheon in the development of JLENS and moves the program a step closer to the "fabrication, assembly, integration and test phase," the release said.

"JLENS is moving forward to provide the soldier with key performance capabilities," Lt. Col. Stephen Willhelm, U.S. Army Program Executive Office for Missiles and Space and JLENS product manager, said in a statement.

"The (review) 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 war fighters."

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