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Army Preps Sky Blimp
Wall Street journal ^ | 29 Jun 2012 | Nathan Hodge

Posted on 06/30/2012 8:28:51 AM PDT by docbnj

The U.S. military is preparing for the maiden flight of a football-field-size airship laden with surveillance gear designed to do the work of a dozen drones—and destined for Afghanistan. The experimental craft, known as the Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle, or LEMV, is designed to loiter over combat zones for weeks at a time, outfitted with high-tech sensors that can intercept phone calls, shoot full-motion video or track the movement of insurgents. [Full article available only to subscribers.]

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; blimp; military; usarmy
This reminds me of the Urban Assault Vehicle in the movie “Stripes.” Can it be real? One would think that a blimp would be easy to shoot down: big and visible, and slow-moving. Furthermore, it would crash gently enough to provide a high-tech treasure-trove to whomever reaches the remains first. Maybe pigs really will fly!
1 posted on 06/30/2012 8:28:55 AM PDT by docbnj
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To: docbnj

This
‘One would think that a blimp would be easy to shoot down: big and visible”
was my furst thought
I don’t think it can be high enough to escape a missile

surely there is something about it we do not know yet


2 posted on 06/30/2012 8:36:36 AM PDT by RWGinger (Simpl)
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To: docbnj

“Sky” blimp?? You mean “Spy” blimp.


3 posted on 06/30/2012 8:44:51 AM PDT by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: docbnj

It does sound like it would be an easy target to shoot down on a battlefield.....but over a city or neighborhood? Could be easier than a drone to spy on people...


4 posted on 06/30/2012 8:47:24 AM PDT by jakerobins
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To: docbnj

Hey, then what is this? http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/06/deflated-mega-blimp/all/


5 posted on 06/30/2012 8:52:20 AM PDT by WakeUpAndVote
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To: docbnj
I wonder what will get to Afghanistan first.

The blimp or Obama’s message to his raghead buddies with all of the technical info on how to take over control of it.

6 posted on 06/30/2012 8:52:53 AM PDT by airborne (Paratroopers! Good to the last drop!)
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To: docbnj

This has possible uses but I think it actually will be most useful as a cover story. When someone asks “How ever did the US gather this intelligence?” They can comfort themselves that it was either this huge blimp thing or a faster and smaller drone. Actually there are other methods to gather the intel, methods based on assets at far greater altitudes.


7 posted on 06/30/2012 8:53:49 AM PDT by Bobalu (It is not obama we are fighting, it is the media.)
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To: docbnj
The Soetoro Regime = Hindenberg.

Immense hubris filled with explosive gas, beginning it's decent into the November elections...

8 posted on 06/30/2012 9:23:11 AM PDT by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: DTogo
An oldie but goodie.


9 posted on 06/30/2012 9:26:32 AM PDT by Bratch
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To: docbnj
Unlike that Drone captured by iran let's hope this thing has some kind of self-destruct mechanism built in.
10 posted on 06/30/2012 9:28:51 AM PDT by mowowie
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To: docbnj

Someone somehow hijacks this military thread and connects it to DADT repeal in 3...2...1...


11 posted on 06/30/2012 9:30:40 AM PDT by chargers fan
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I assume that this will have blinking neon lights on it that will read “Forward with Obama”.


12 posted on 06/30/2012 9:54:12 AM PDT by Eleven Bravo 6 319thID
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To: docbnj

BINGO! What a TARGET??? This seems like one of the DUMBEST things going.


13 posted on 06/30/2012 10:10:52 AM PDT by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: chargers fan

If you think an enormous, all seeing, engorged cylinder floating around in the sky isn’t a symptom of military reliance on homo-erotic daydreams for weapons development you’re kidding yourself.

Believe me, if this had been developed by red-blooded, meat eating heterosexuals it’d be sleek, triangular, and capable of raining death upon jihadi’s from 110,000ft while doing mach 16.


14 posted on 06/30/2012 10:11:23 AM PDT by gzzimlich
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To: Ann Archy

It certainly would be a target for enemy aircraft, but at 20,000 ft no raghead munitions will touch it.


15 posted on 06/30/2012 10:15:51 AM PDT by nascarnation
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To: Bobalu

Think of the commercial use....I own a oil field in Alaska.....I get re-supplied by one of these?


16 posted on 06/30/2012 10:22:01 AM PDT by superfries
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To: WKUHilltopper
Army Preps Sky Blimp

I will admit that the mangled title had me scratching my head for a moment - what other kind of blimp besides a 'sky blimp' could there possibly be...

17 posted on 06/30/2012 10:43:40 AM PDT by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: docbnj
LEMV:

Technically a "lifting body" aerodynamic shape as well as a LTA craft...

18 posted on 06/30/2012 11:04:41 AM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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To: Zeppo
Chris Christie Belt Tightening Needed Pictures, Images and Photos
19 posted on 06/30/2012 11:15:17 AM PDT by DFG ("Dumb, Dependent, and Democrat is no way to go through life" - Louie Gohmert (R-TX))
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To: docbnj

"It is ballon!"
20 posted on 06/30/2012 11:54:45 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: Zeppo

“I will admit that the mangled title had me scratching my head for a moment - what other kind of blimp besides a ‘sky blimp’ could there possibly be...”

I had the same thoughts. These idiot “journalists” apparently never think and even consider what they write. Perhaps just filling space. This the same as water fish, space stars, sky birds? Maybe an automobile car.


21 posted on 06/30/2012 12:30:34 PM PDT by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: WakeUpAndVote

Probably has a dwell time of 2 weeks un-manned that would be a pretty substantial performance envelope increase for surveillance missions.


22 posted on 06/30/2012 4:29:37 PM PDT by smaug6 (We can't afford to be innocent!! Stand up and face the enemy.)
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To: docbnj


23 posted on 08/09/2012 9:00:09 AM PDT by evets (beer)
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