Pentagon confirms deploying new passive sensor against cruise missiles, aircraft, drones

April 15, 2019

Pentagon recently has confirmed deploying of prototype passive sensor systems for long-range surveillance against cruise missile, fixed and rotary wing aircraft, and unmanned aircraft systems threats.

According to Lt. Gen. James H. Dickinson head of U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command and Joint Functional Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense, the U.S. Army is currently being fielded the new Long-Range Persistent Surveillance (ALPS) passive sensor to the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, U.S. European Command, and U.S. Central Command in support of a Joint Urgent Operational Needs Statements (JUONS).

The ALPS prototype systems will be provided to meet Combatant Commands’ identified needs and to conduct an operational assessment. This program will also develop and integrate ALPS into the Army Integrated Air & Missile Defense (AIAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS) to improve the Cyber-Electromagnetic Activities (CEMA) posture of the Army’s Air and Missile Defense architecture.

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