14 October 2014
Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defense facility established in Romania
By Richard Tomkins
Space War

JLENS radar data integrates with NORAD system
Washington (UPI) Oct 14, 2014 - A series of laboratory tests have proven that data collected by the JLENS aerostat-radar system can be successfully be converted into a format for use by NORAD.

The test series was conducted by Raytheon, developer of the system which will soon by deployed in Maryland to help protect the National Capital Region from cruise missiles, drones and other low-flying vehicles.

"The lab tests proved that information from JLENS can be converted into a format that can be used by NORAD's command and control system," said Raytheon's Dave Gulla, vice president of Integrated Defense Systems' Global Integrated Sensors business area. "With JLENS providing data to NORAD, our military will have a more accurate picture of what is flying in the National Capital Region's airspace, and be able to identify slow-and-low flying threats such as cruise missiles and drones."

Raytheon's JLENS system is comprised of two helium-filled and tethered aerostats, or blimps. Each is nearly as long as a football field, float at an altitude of 10,000 feet and carry radars that can protect a territory about the size of Texas from airborne threats.

The entire system of two aerostats with ground equipment is known as an "orbit."

The system being deployed at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds will be operated by a U.S. Army Air Defense Artillery Battery under the control of NORAD-U.S. Northern Command.

Deveselu, Romania (UPI) -
The U.S. Navy has established a support facility in Romania as part of NATO's overall ballistic missile defense system.

The Naval Support Facility in Deveselu. Romania, was officially established earlier this month during an establishment and assumption of command ceremony.

It will become operational next year, the Navy said.

"This is a historic occasion because ballistic missile threats to the U.S. and our allies are real and growing," said Rear Adm. John Scorby, commander, Navy Region Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia. "Fortunately, NATO's capabilities and defenses against these threats are also real and growing."

The missile defense shield for Europe, called Aegis Ashore, was originally proposed by then-President George W. Bush and is now is part of the U.S. plan for a phased deployment of a missile defense umbrella in Europe for defense against ballistic missiles.

The system being established uses nearly the same technology used on U.S. Navy Aegis-capable guided-missile destroyers and cruisers for detecting, tracking and destroying in-coming missiles.

The Navy said NSF Deveselu will utilize both a SM-3 missile interceptor battery platform and an Aegis SPY-1 radar platform. The SM-3 missiles will have no offensive capability and only target incoming ballistic missiles launched by hostile countries.

"Naval Support Facility Deveselu will be a crucial component in expanding the effectiveness of NATO's overall ballistic missile defense system," Scorby said. "It will also address the threat posed by short and intermediate range ballistic missiles to U.S., European and Allied personnel and assets throughout the region."

A facility similar to that in Romania is planned for Poland. Currently the Navy plans for a total of four Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers to be based in Spain to bolster the ballistic missile defense system for Europe.

NSF Deveselu is about 430 acres in size at a former Romanian military base. It will feature a fire-control radar deckhouse with an associated Aegis command, control and communications suite.

Its SM-3 missiles and launch modules and be manned by U.S. military personnel. U.S. government civilians and support contractors will also be located at the facility.

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