Blimps? Really? I thought we had moved on to drones. Aren’t blimps for advertising over football games? I thought this was an onion story at first. Guess I need to check out the latest in blimp technology.
Check it out:
The Pentagon has discovered a gap in the defenses of Washington, D.C., and it’s about to test a solution.
But depending on your point of view, the solution is either vital for national security or a threat to American privacy.
Starting this fall, two blimps will float at 10,000 feet over the Army’s Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland in an attempt to develop a defense for the nation’s capital against cruise missiles fired from ships offshore.
Russia already has a large arsenal of cruise missiles – essentially low-flying unmanned aircraft – and other countries like Iran are developing them.
“As it stands today, we have practically zero capability to detect it, much less defend against it,” one military officer said of the cruise missile threat.
The blimps carry radars that can search for hundreds of miles to detect the launch of a cruise missile and relay the data to interceptor missiles which have been positioned around Washington since Sept. 11, 2001.