US Army to Deploy New ALPS to Detect Cruise Missiles, Aircraft, UAS

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In April, the U.S. Army confirmed it was fielding prototype Army Long-Range Persistent Surveillance (ALPS) systems to U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, U.S. European Command, and U.S. Central Command. The deployments come to address a Joint Urgent Operational Needs Statements (JUONS) from these COCOMs. The Army’s FY2020 budget proposal, released on March 18, laid out plans to deploy the ALPS prototypes. The long-range sensor system is designed to provide continuous, 360-degree surveillance to detect cruise missiles, fixed and rotary wing aircraft, and unmanned aerial system (UAS) threats.