American Spy Airship

16 Mar

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-spyblimp13-2009mar13,0,4608400.story

Ok, so maybe it’s a little inflammatory, but I think the image is fitting, if not utterly unoriginal.  The article raises interesting questions.  For those that know, DARPA had the WALRUS program, which looked at using dirigibles as part of the army logistics chain.  In typically eloquent Army speak, WALRUS intended to give the Army “Fort to Fight” capabilities, in essence the ability to transport entire fighting units, complete with armour, infrastructure, supplies, etc etc, directly from Army base to front line.  There has been little to no news about US military development of lighter than air technology until now.

–  Is this a pilot project coming from WALRUS?

– Is there more than one department of the military working on lighter-than-air technology?

The Pentagon said Thursday that it intends to spend $400 million to develop a giant dirigible that will float 65,000 feet above the Earth for 10 years, providing unblinking and intricate radar surveillance of the vehicles, planes and even people below.

“It is absolutely revolutionary,” Werner J.A. Dahm, chief scientist for the Air Force, said of the proposed unmanned airship — describing it as a cross between a satellite and a spy plane.

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