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Military Blimp Breaks Free; F-16’s Scrambled

Military Blimp Breaks Free; F-16's Scrambled

By Meghan Keneally
ABC News

      A military blimp has gotten loose in Maryland and was floating towards Pennsylvania, authorities said. Fighter jets were scrambled in the wake of the incident to escort the unmanned vessel, according to officials.

A fire department in Maryland first reported that the Aberdeen Blimp became untethered just before noon today. It has passed Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and was flying towards the northeast at 15,000 feet, officials said.

“Emergency personnel are tracking the aerostat which is still aloft in [sic] moving toward Pennsylvania,” according to the Aberdeen Proving Ground, the U.S. Army facility.

The full name of the blimp — known as an aerostat — is a Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System (JLENS) and it is used to detect cruise missiles around Washington DC.

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Army High-Tech Blimp To Spy On Americans? | VIDEO

High-Tech Blimp To Spy On Americans?
Credit; CBS News

By www.cbsnews.com

     Floating over Maryland’s Baltimore suburbs is the newest system launched by the Army to protect the Eastern Seaboard. While officials say the new security system won’t be keeping an eye on residents below, many are skeptical, reports CBS News correspondent Chip Reid.

At the U.S. Army’s Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, soldiers practiced the complicated choreography of launching an unmanned blimp nearly as long as a football field. . . .

. . . “Even without the video surveillance, these blimps are designed to track and surveil surface moving targets, that is people, it’s cars, it’s individuals going about their daily lives,” McCall said.

The Army insists the blimp will never be used to spy on Americans, but following revelations about spying by the NSA, some people are nervous about what they believe could one day become the government’s eye in the sky. . . .

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UFO Sightings To Go Up in Maryland; New Aerostat Defense System Deployed | VIDEO

JLENS - Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System (1) JLENS - Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System (2)

JLENS – Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System (Credit: Raytheon)

By defense-update.com

     The U.S. Army lofted today the first JLENS – Joint Land Attack Elevated netted Sensor aerostat system at the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland. This large aerostat blimp is equipped with a radar system optimzed to detect low-level targets, such as cruise missiles and drones. It will cover a wide airspace from Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania up to New York and New Jersey.

Similar aerostat-based radars are already operational in India and Israel; Singapore is also planning to deploy such system next year. Deployment in the Continental US (CONUS) followed due to the US military concern about the risk of rough states or terrorist groups potential to attacks the US capital using cruise missiles launched from cargo ships moving deep in the Atlantic Ocean. Such missiles often fly too low to be detected by conventional radar. Airborne radars such as AWACS or Hawkeye aircraft can detect such threats but they are not airborne 24/7, due to the high operating cost of such airborne assets.

The 74 meter helium filled aerostat (243 foot) carries an air-surveillance radar that provides precise location data of airborne targets, such as cruise missiles, aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles, and large-caliber rockets, as well as maritime surface moving targets. The JLENS system, also referred to as ‘orbit’ consists of two unmanned aerostats with radar systems.

The test is part of a three-year operational evaluation conducted by the North-American Aerospace Defense (NORAD) Command beginning in 2015. The second aerostat of the Aberdeen orbit is scheduled to go aloft in early 2015. Another JLENS system is in strategic reserve, ready to be deployed anywhere in the world at the request of combatant commanders, should they require comprehensive cruise missile defense capability. . . .

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