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DOC44
02-01-2013, 20:50
Blimps to bolster Washington's air shield in test

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A pair of big, blimp-like craft, moored to the ground and flying as high as 10,000 feet, are to be added to a high-tech shield designed to protect the Washington D.C. area from air attack, at least for a while.


http://news.yahoo.com/blimps-bolster-washingtons-air-shield-test-204629886--finance.html;_ylt=ApjLTG22q.lQZdzS.CrDb5UJVux_;_ylu=X3oDMTIyMDd0cjZ1BG1pdANBVFQgSG9tZSBXaWRnZXRyb24g VGVzdCAxBHBvcwMzNARzZWMDTWVkaWFBdHRXaWRnZXRyb25Bc3NlbWJseQ--;_ylg=X3oDMTFpNzk0NjhtBGludGwDdXMEbGFuZwNlbi11cwRwc3RhaWQDBHBzdGNhdANob21lBHB0A3NlY3Rpb25z;_ylv=3


What's up with this.... politicians getting paranoid or rightfully scared. How much does this cost us??

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humanguerrilla
02-01-2013, 21:12
The Homeland Security industry has been pimping surveillance blimps for awhile. Now they expand to radar blimps.

concretefuzzynuts
02-01-2013, 21:26
What's up with this.... politicians getting paranoid or rightfully scared. How much does this cost us??

Doc44

It costs you money. They take it and spend it.

WT
02-02-2013, 08:55
Sounds like they are having trouble detecting low flying aircraft in the D.C. area.

I suspect these blimps have downward looking radar and FLIR to keep track of suspicious kites and people.

DOC44
02-02-2013, 09:12
Sounds like they are having trouble detecting low flying aircraft in the D.C. area.

I suspect these blimps have downward looking radar and FLIR to keep track of suspicious kites and people.

http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/shared/media/photodb/photos/040728-F-1234P-093.jpg

civilian drones???

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WT
02-02-2013, 09:33
Wow! I am impressed.

The possibilities .....

Someone, in some barn or garage, some home inventor is working on a Stealth model.

Cavalry Doc
02-02-2013, 09:40
The surveillance models worked pretty well in Iraq. You can see a long way with those things depending on the weather. Add FLIR & laser designators, and you have a nifty toy.

DOC44
02-02-2013, 09:44
Wow! I am impressed.

The possibilities .....

Someone, in some barn or garage, some home inventor is working on a Stealth model.

http://xmb.stuffucanuse.com/xmb/image.php?&aid=2272&blackbird-model.jpg


http://rctoyplane.com/images/b-52-rc-plane-2.jpg

The right to keep and bare arms.

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rhikdavis
02-02-2013, 09:48
R/C aircraft must be banned!!!!

DOC44
02-02-2013, 09:55
R/C aircraft must be banned!!!!

only the gooberment can have them.... like hi-cap clips:rofl:

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aircarver
02-02-2013, 10:05
Seems to me ... last several times the goobrmint tried blimps ... it didn't work out ... :whistling:

DOC44
02-02-2013, 10:09
Seems to me ... last several times the goobrmint tried blimps ... it didn't work out ... :whistling:

since when did the gooberment stop stepping in the same hole, over and over and over.... some senator's son must be in the blimp business.

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Cavalry Doc
02-02-2013, 10:14
Seems to me ... last several times the goobrmint tried blimps ... it didn't work out ... :whistling:

The ground tethered ones have been used on the southern border and in Iraq for well over a decade. This one does seem a bit different.

IIRC, first one I saw was near Eagle Pass TX in 1997.

aircarver
02-02-2013, 10:26
The ground tethered ones have been used on the southern border and in Iraq for well over a decade. This one does seem a bit different.

IIRC, first one I saw was near Eagle Pass TX in 1997.

Ah ... ground tether is the key .... they can be hauled in and battened down when the weather turns bad ...

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Cavalry Doc
02-02-2013, 12:28
Ah ... ground tether is the key .... they can be hauled in and battened down when the weather turns bad ...

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And moved. The bad guys like to try to put holes in them.

aircarver
02-02-2013, 14:39
And moved. The bad guys like to try to put holes in them.

Well, they can try .... but they're at 10,000 feet (& could be as high as 15,000 feet.

(Y'all flying little airplanes in the vicinity be careful about that cable, y'hear .... :wow:


:supergrin:

Rabid Rabbit
02-02-2013, 15:55
In the meantime they are shutting down the rest of the aerostat program on March 15?
http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-914339

aircarver
02-02-2013, 16:42
In the meantime they are shutting down the rest of the aerostat program on March 15?
http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-914339

Ok ... I see Maobama's problem with it:

TARS is a very cost effective solution in the airborne surveillance of the Southern border of the US, costing less than a quarter of operating drones and less than a tenth of operating manned surveillance aircraft.

:upeyes:

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Cavalry Doc
02-02-2013, 18:31
Well, they can try .... but they're at 10,000 feet (& could be as high as 15,000 feet.

(Y'all flying little airplanes in the vicinity be careful about that cable, y'hear .... :wow:


:supergrin:

You still have to float 'em and reel 'em in.

aircarver
02-02-2013, 18:37
You still have to float 'em and reel 'em in.

Crank fast ? ... :outtahere::supergrin:

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Cavalry Doc
02-03-2013, 08:45
Crank fast ? ... :outtahere::supergrin:

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Well, that and shoot back.

Texas357
02-03-2013, 21:45
They use tethered balloons as radar platforms along the Mexican border, in a limited area. Now they are trying to protect DC?