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Missile Detection Tests Planned for 2010

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Army plans tests in 2010 in Utah's west desert for a system to detect incoming cruise missiles.

It's called the Joint Land Attrack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System. That's a long name to describe a system that use balloons carrying radar to give troops on the ground information about enemy missiles.

The tests are expected to use unmanned aerial vehicles in place of missiles.

Program manager Christopher Johnson says the tests will show whether the technology works. If it does, it's a system that could be used for security in a number of locations, from a combat theater to New York City.

An environmental assessment of the project should be published next month and then be available for public comment.


Information from: Deseret Morning News,

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