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A new US military radar system, suspended beneath a tethered "aerostat" balloon so as to see beyond the horizon, made its first flight yesterday. The JLENS blimp-scanner is intended to finger such things as enemy cruise missiles or unmanned aircraft. The US military - particularly the Army, as opposed to the Air Force - has …

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Black Helicopters

So...

Not a front-line piece of kit then?

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Rob
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Coat

What?!?

'Organic radar' - is made from vegetables or something?

That one there hanging on the missile rack.

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Countermeasures?

Time to dust down that old Sopwith Camel and get out the Very pistol then

It's the flying jacket with the goggles in the pocket

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Only a minor problem to battle against

"The balloons are intended to have a ceiling of almost 15,000 feet and be able to stay up and operational for as long as 30 days."

And the weather is always so fine and obliging up there?

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Weather

you'd have thought they'd have gone a bit higher.. possibly a lot higher! maybe even U2 Altitudes.. perhaps even tetherless solar powered balloons.. But I guess thats next..

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Bah!

Time to dust off the old "Ace of Aces" ballon-busting -s-i-m- game too, though 15000 feet is pushing it in a camel, Biggles old chap.

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blast from the past

(maybe not, since no helium). The USAF used to keep manned radar blimps out over the Atlantic in the days before the DEW line went in.

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Old system, old news

This appears similar or identical to the TARS (Tethered Aerostat Radar System) that has been in use along the southern US border since 1981, primarily for drug traffic interdiction:

http://fas.org/nuke/guide/usa/airdef/tars.htm

To answer the question about weather, TARS uptime averages about 65%--two days out of three. Winds are a problem, obviously.

Although there's an FAA-declared "no-fly" zone around each aerostat, clearly marked on the charts, there have been a couple of incidents over the years of idiots in light aircraft (Cessnas and what have you) flying into the cables. No balloons were lost--those are STRONG cables!--but the aircraft and occupants didn't survive.

Andy Baird

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WTF?

Tamil Tigers?

...thought that lot got wiped away earlier this year. surely the biggest threat is a little further north in the disputed Kashmir region?

I can image every city in the fatherland^W land of the free being protected by these menacing guardian angels... it wouldnt take much for them to launch own attacks onto their own cities

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Black Helicopters

@AC

"I can image every city in the fatherland^W land of the free being protected by these menacing guardian angels... it wouldnt take much for them to launch own attacks onto their own cities".

This thing flies at 'less' than 300mph, so an F16 would have to slow down even more..............

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Big Brother

Tethered Balloon

This is a Barrage Balloon with its cable ready to slice the wing off some unfortunate aircraft flying along and not doing anything illegal .

Or is it illegal to interfere with the security of the USA?

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