Skip to comments.Donít Be Alarmed by the Drone Blimps
Posted on 07/26/2013 10:07:48 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey
Dont Be Alarmed by the Drone Blimps Hovering Over D.C. Theyre Here to Stop Cruise Missiles
If America is attacked, we might be saved by blimps. No, not state-of-the-art jet fighters that can fly well beyond the speed of sound. But blimps: lumbering, relatively jovial blimpsthe manatees of aviation. Within a year, a pair of souped-up $2.7 billion blimps (price includes R&D) will be floated 10,000 feet above the District of Columbia and act as a 340-mile-wide eye in the sky, detecting incoming missiles and the like.
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Only if it was a 2 for 1 sale. It says a 'pair' of blimps.
First thing that came to mind was the squirrel bomb in Caddy Shack -
nevermind this - doctor’s orders.
If the cameras and capabilities were only pointed UPWARDS there might not be a concern. But it might be too dern convenient to waste such a platform by not installing downward facing sensors or cameras. Don.t be fooled by the missle shield talk... those will have but one, single purpose.
In DC it’s the youts that will get you, not the jihadists.
Not a rocket scientist.
Ummm, don’t we already have multiple multi-$Billion satellites in low-Earth orbit for the same thing??
Something’s not passing the smell test.
All that’s needed to defeat these blimps is one of the D.C. areas notorious thunderstorms.
How oh how did we ever survive without them?
Incoming missles my achin azz...Well they say they can see NC from there: hey look at THIS!!
Smarmy bass turds.
So it was a BOGO? I like BOGO’s!
Anyone who believes these blimps are here to spoy Cruise missiles is a damned fool and I have a bunch of valuable stuff in my garage I would love to sell them.
Why use drones to spy on Americans when we have blimps.
2 Billion for DC, not a penny for the heartland...
We need to choke off the money to DC so they don’t have the ability to fool around with this stuff.
Oh, the humanity.
Not an eye ON the sky. More likely an eye on the people, you know, just to facially recognize them at all times.
There are surveillance blimps down in the Florida Keys. I would think those are about drug smuggling. Anyone familiar with these?
they’re looking for the “OH look at The Cool Bimp response”
modern “looking drones” likely suspect
Pld Fashioned Blimps....”not so much”
Yea, and one in Texas... I believe they’ve been removed or were in the process of doing so.
a pair of souped-up $2.7 billion blimps
Im guessing..that means per blimp pricing
BLIMPS for THE PEOPLE!!
Can't detect low-flying cruise missiles in real time with them.
Despite the nonsense you see in the movies, with a low-earth satellite at best for any given spot on the ground you get a brief (minutes long) look at it every few days. Even a huge number of satellites still only allows you to see a given area part of a day. You don't get a continuous movie.
the WWII blimps cost what?
There are a number of potentially hostile countries that could easily strike DC with sea-launched cruise missiles. Our existing radars and satellites have limited to no capability to detect them.
I keep forgetting we're not supposed to care about National Security on FR, though, anymore.
Most of the money is for the extremely sophisticated sensors (radars, etc.) and the communications gear to transmit that information, not the Blimp itself, of course.
huh.....this isn’t a Candy Crowley thread....
‘They’ could re-coup some of the $$ by using them as sightseeing tours and/or placing ads on them.
$500,000 for each blimp itself, $1.3 billion for the camera’s that can zoom in through the cracks in your blinds, and track your infrared through the walls.
That's what I'm Sayin'...
We've already got enough Blimps in DC and NJ...
Cool now they can watch a cruise missile obliterate them real time.
Obviously the people in DC are getting very paranoid about citizens. One could wonder why.
After all the lies told by the fine folks in DC, excuse my cynicism.
$2.7 BILLION blimps .... R&D?... blimps have existed for a century!
This is just getting insane
Cruise missile #1 ---->>>> Slow, giant target blimp (like shooting fish in a barrel)
Cruise missile #2-n ---->>>> Whatever it damn well pleases
fifty cents says they are Made In CHINA to boot
Bad Dog Food..
Bad Baby Food.
Bad Toy Trains, Bad Steel Bolts for BRIDGES...and Now da da DA.....Faulty Blimps.
I hope they crash on the White House and Capitol
There are earlier reports from February about a Raytheon surveillance blimp coming "soon" to Aberdeen Proving Grounds NE of Baltimore for testing, but I don't know if this is the same, or some commercial blimp. There were no obvious markings on the blimp (from a distance anyway), and I can't find any local DC/Baltimore report about these blimps and what they might be from the past couple of days.
Ive yet heard nothing regarding a blimps locale
“Liberal blimps are very costly”
THAR HE BLOWS!
My ignorance is on full display, but I fail to see how such a missile could be launched ‘low-flying’ from the start. Wouldn’t it need ‘horizontal view’ to home-in correctly?
And what would the eye-in-the-sky give them in the fog-of-war in terms of reaction time? 5min? They couldn’t scramble jets fast enough to take own a 747 on 9/11, but a cruise missile is just fine?
Lastly, I find it troubling that they presume that D.C. is a target rich environment in need of ‘protecting’ but not ANY OTHER city of either seaboard. That, to me, implies those in D.C. deserve protecting more than any other Citizen of the U.S.A.
There is a tethered aerostat in the Florida Keys. It operates at around 13000 feet and is charted on aviation charts. A couple of years ago a pilot of a general aviation aircraft struck one of the tethering cables and crashed into the ground. The air space around DC is much more congested and, if these aerostats are launched in the DC area it will only be a matter of time before some pilot hits a cable.
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