Blimps to Watch for Drone, Cruise Missile Threats


The U.S. Military is deploying blimps, including two over Maryland, to provide surveillance against aerial attacks such as drones, rockets and cruise missiles. JLENS (Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System) is a set of two tethered blimps (aerostats) that operate at 10,000 feet. The blimps elevate sensors to provide 360-degrees of radar coverage and can detect and track objects like missiles, and manned and unmanned aircraft from up to 340 miles away, according to the maker Raytheon. The blimps should be in the skies over Maryland by October 2014.

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