Fighter Jets Track Military Blimp Drifting Over Pennsylvania

28 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Call 911 If You See This Huge-Ass Blimp on the Loose Today.

Here’s a metaphor: a remote-controlled, tremendously expensive, basically useless JLENS aerial surveillance blimp has detached from its tether at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland. The $2.7 billion blimp program was the subject of a recent, withering profile in the Los Angeles Times that described as the quintessential runaway Pentagon project: Seventeen years after its birth, JLENS is a stark example of what defense specialists call a “zombie” program: costly, ineffectual and seemingly impossible to kill.

Instead of detecting things like cruise missiles and terrorists, the sensor-laden airship basically doesn’t do anything except burn tax dollars and look sort of cool floating in the air.

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