Military blimps look like UFOs

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Military blimps look like UFOs

Postby Hidden Hand » Tue Aug 22, 2006 1:43 am

Military Blimps Report for Duty (with picture)

In the era of $300 million fighter jets, satellite-guided rockets and complicated battlefield computer networks, Multimax Inc. is trying to revive an old-fashioned technology to thrust the information technology firm onto the front line. The Largo company has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on this new project, the design looks like an elliptical UFO, but the result will be familiar: It's a blimp. {snip}

Multimax is one of several defense companies pouncing on the military's renewed interest in using high-flying, unmanned, helium-filled balloons -- sometimes tied to the ground with a long rope -- as possible weapons. Lockheed Martin Corp. is developing a blimp that it says will reach an altitude of 65,000 feet, while Raytheon Co. is developing one designed to reach 10,000 feet and be tethered to the ground. Blackwater USA, better known as one of the largest security contractors in Iraq, expects to finish its prototype, which aims to reach an altitude of 5,000 feet to 15,000 feet, in December.

The military's interest is driven by a search for cheap alternatives to satellites and unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones.
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Re: Military blimps look like UFOs

Postby LCARS24 » Thu Jun 16, 2011 10:25 pm

The beatings will continue until morale improves.
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