On Sept. 21, 2012, on an isolated test range in New Mexico, Raytheonâ€™s Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System JLENS aerostat provided targeting information to a Standard Missile-6, enabling the weapon to successfully engage an anti-ship cruise missile target. [video=youtube_share;ni3MKJNSLOk]http://youtu.be/ni3MKJNSLOk[/video] JLENS System (Video: Raytheon) The integrated test conducted by the U.S. Army and Navy marked the first time the two systems worked together to engage a target by sharing information over the Raytheon Cooperative Engagement Capability network. â€œThis test is of critical importance for the JLENS program because it demonstrates the systemâ€™s ability to integrate with existing U.S. Navy systems and proves that JLENS is ready to deploy,â€ said Dave Gulla, Raytheonâ€™s vice president of Global Integrated Sensors. The simulated naval engagement took place at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. The JLENS systemâ€™s capability goes far beyond hunting cruise missiles. It is designed to defend against a large assortment of threats, like low-flying manned and unmanned aircraft, large caliber rockets, boats, SCUD launchers, automobiles and tanks. [video=youtube_share;0KTxWoPTXRY]http://youtu.be/0KTxWoPTXRY[/video] SM-6 Sea-based Testing (Video: Raytheon) In June, the system simultaneously tracked multiple speedboats on the Great Salt Lake in Utah, proving its ability to detect â€œswarming boatâ€ attacks on ships. The U.S. Army has already certified the first group of soldiers trained to operate the system. The land-based, tethered aerostat is 74 meters (243 feet) long and carries a powerful, long-range radar system. Anti-ship cruise missiles are a growing global danger. In the hands of hostile nations or rogue groups, they pose a threat to U.S. Navy and allied ships and are a menace to commercial ships navigating strategic waterways.