29 Jun '14, 2pm

Powerful Radar Blimp To Surveil Washington, Baltimore, Out to Sea

WASHINGTON — If a US combatant commander stationed somewhere around the globe feels his command lacks the ability to detect missiles, airplanes and drones up to 350 miles away, the US Army might have the solution. Almost a decade after it first began development, and just two years after a 2012 Nunn McCurdy breach almost scuttled the program, the Army’s JLENS (Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System) aerostat has been placed in a “strategic reserve,” allowing it to be called upon by a combatant commander who has the cash to operate it. The Army currently has two operationally ready JLENS systems, one in storage in the Utah desert awaiting an urgent call from a combatant commander, and the other preparing to begin a three-year homeland security-related operational assessment at the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, where it will monitor air...

Full article: http://www.defensenews.com/article/20140629/DEFREG02/3062...

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