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(Yahoo)   Raytheon's new ballistic missile detection system performs perfectly during testing according to...Raytheon... Sounds legit   (news.yahoo.com ) divider line
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2013-02-19 09:17:01 AM  
The hardware is known asJoint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System, orJLENS.

They're not even good at acronyms, how could they possibly be working for the MIC?
 
2013-02-19 09:20:59 AM  

DubtodaIll: The hardware is known asJoint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System, orJLENS.

They're not even good at acronyms, how could they possibly be working for the MIC?


If you got 'Joint' on the front end (JDAM, JSTARS) you get paid.
 
2013-02-19 09:22:14 AM  
I'd be a lot less concerned with them fudging test results and more concerned with their claims about the cost.
 
2013-02-19 09:23:34 AM  
And that's why the Army has independant evaluators that verify the results before they buy anything.
 
2013-02-19 09:29:15 AM  
Trust me, there were a passel of Generals and staffers watching as well.
 
2013-02-19 09:29:30 AM  
$450M for a pair of blimps with radar?

Seriously?

/Time to cut PBS's budget again I guess.
 
2013-02-19 09:31:40 AM  
Submitter doesn't think that companies should test their products and report the results? So everyone should be Microsoft?
 
2013-02-19 09:34:51 AM  
I thought Raytheon had a lot of experience and a good reputation. No?
 
2013-02-19 09:37:42 AM  
A Raytheon Co system built into big blimp-like balloons has demonstrated capabilities that could make it easier to detect and track certain enemy ballistic missiles, the company and the U.S. Army's manager of the program said.

H'okay.
 
2013-02-19 09:39:05 AM  
How exactly are companies supposed to advance their technology if they don't test it along the way?  The fact that they're reporting it makes it somehow suspect?
 
2013-02-19 09:39:47 AM  
 
2013-02-19 09:48:28 AM  
If I were the bad guys, I think I'd just shoot down the big slow balloon thing first. At $450M a pop, the US would be broke in no time.
 
2013-02-19 09:53:40 AM  
Hey, Ratheon managed to take an exisiting dumb bomb and turn it into a precise smart bomb for $20k. Not a bad deal at all. I worked with a Ratheon engineer before, he had a lot of cool videos.

He even played the audio from the impact point of an incoming MK-84 JDAM conversion. That thing sounded like hell was opening up. Not a sound I would ever care to hear again.
 
2013-02-19 10:41:22 AM  

Dusk-You-n-Me: A Raytheon Co system built into big blimp-like balloons has demonstrated capabilities that could make it easier to detect and track certain enemy ballistic missiles, the company and the U.S. Army's manager of the program said.

H'okay.


You gotta watch PMs.  Generally they're good enough but some are sneaky and you have to watch them all.  Again, independant evaluators make the difference.
 
2013-02-19 10:54:04 AM  
I remember some of the guys working in my building were supporting JLENS testing at White Sands 10 years ago.  It was much more conceptual back then, but all the same, JLENS has been around for a while.
 
2013-02-19 11:29:32 AM  
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2013-02-19 02:49:07 PM  
Those of you that don't "get it".  Raytheon and several other government contracting companies have been known to fake tests and demonstrations in the past.  Sometimes because there is just that one little bug to work out and if we get paid, we'll fix it no problem, so they lie.  Other times it's because their shiat doesn't work, they know it, but once the contract is signed, it doesn't matter.

Specifically, missile interceptor tests in the early 90's turned out to be almost 100% fake and the country had purchased and deployed a great many interceptor missiles that DID NOT INTERCEPT ANYTHING.  So now some of us are a bit wary of these "tests".
 
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