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JLENS: securing our coast
JLENS: securing our coast

This Christmas, the United States Army will deliver a spectacular present to Harford and Baltimore counties. A pair of big white blimps will be flying two miles above Aberdeen Proving Ground — unless Congress balks. After evaluation and integration, those aerostats — blimps tethered to the ground — will protect the national capitol region from cruise missiles and 9/11-style attacks. The aerostats carry radars of the Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor system, or JLENS, and are capable of tracking cruise missiles and aircraft up to 340 miles away. When operational, JLENS will be able to watch over the East Coast from Boston down to Norfolk. ...