Skip to comments.Pentagon to deploy huge blimps over Washington, DC for 360-degree surveillance
Posted on 07/26/2013 2:13:50 AM PDT by TexGrill
A pair of high-tech Army blimps is coming to the greater Washington, DC area, and soon they will be able to provide the military with surveillance powers that spans hundreds of millions of acres from North Carolina to Niagara Falls, Canada.
The airships are part of Raytheons Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System, or JLENS, and when all is said and done theyll offer the United States military what the defense contractor calls an affordable elevated, persistent over-the-horizon sensor system that relies on a powerful integrated radar system to detect, track and target a variety of threats.
Raytheon has just wrapped up a six-week testing period in the state of Utah and is now sending its JLENS fleet to the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland. Once there, the Army intends to get some hands-on experience that will eventually culminate in launching the pair of airships over Washington, DC.
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Can’t wait for one to crash into the White House
To provide that security, though, the Army will send its integrated pair of airships around 75 yards in length each high into the sky carrying powerful radars that can look deep into enemy territory. First, however, the residents of the metropolitan Washington, DC area and those in around a dozen states stretching the mid-Atlantic into New England will be asked to ignore a pair of sophisticated spying machines
I guess we all know how DC feels about us now.
[BTW - this is a radar-upgraded Aerostat like that used at Ft. Huachuca for the last 20 odd years to look into the Mexican border for drug traffickers - a tethered balloon with a radar]
“Cant wait for one to crash into the White House”
You might be thinking “Hindenburg.” The Hindenburg had a huge girder frame and was a substantial thing. These are just balloons that are pointed at both ends. There will be an instrument package that weighs from a few pounds to a few hundred pounds. The crash speed would be slow...really slow.
Wouldn’t it be considered blowback if a blimp crashes into the White House? Considering the incompetence that reigns supreme under the Obummer administration there’s a good chance such an incident may occur and AG Holder will call it a racist hate crime since the blimp was colored white.
It should be a comfort to those in DC, who instead of monitored by invisible satellites can just look into the sky and see that they’re being watched by big brother, all the time.
Huge blimps? Maybe the female members of the CBC will finally start earning their pay checks.
I make that beer for a living, ya know...
(Actually, I only make the malt for that beer)
The more things change the more they remain the same.
Raytheons Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System,
Let’s call this thing what it is.
It’s for spying on United States Citizens.
It certainly isn’t being placed there to look for Cruise missiles. That is if this story is real and not somebodies idea of a stupid joke.
Let me distill the yeast for an extra PRISM after taste.
What is Washington, D.C. afraid of?
I was wondering what they did with the ones they removed from our southern border.
The Feral Government is worried and they should be....
Calling for all hackers
I work with a guy who’s experimenting with home brewing.
He makes this AWESOME coffee flavored thick and rich beer.
If Coors would buy his recipe and market it...
They’d make mint, and my pal could retire.
Pogo: “We have met the enemy, and he is us.”
The regime grows more paranoid with every passing day. The question is, as always, what are We, the people going to do about it. If all we do is complain, write to the regime members in Versailles on the Potomac or burn up the phone lines, then we will have done nothing.
Sadly, the time for secession - peaceful or not - has passed. So has an American Revolution II. I fear that it will be French Revolution II, with all of its undesirable attributes.
And to the NSA trolls, FU.
In order to surveil Washington, it would not have to be anywhere near Washington proper. The problem with cruise missiles is that they can literally “fly under the radar”. A surface based microwave radar can only see targets once they are close enough that they above the horizon, which means for good coverage, you need to have a great number of radar stations. An airborne radar, like AWACS or JLENS can see targets near the surface for hundreds of miles. They can use Doppler to distinguish fast moving cruise missiles and aircraft from vehicles and ground returns.
I’m wondering if they’ve created a balloon borne JSTARS capable of tracking a single Human on the ground as well as all the vehicular traffic?
At the least though this does demonstrate a few things, paranoia is but one of them.
> And to the NSA trolls, FU.
Double portion their domestic spying program.
The feral government is more afraid of them becoming your friends than your enemy by far though. Remember many of their guys ARE former hackers. They worry about them straying and have to keep their eyes on them all the time. I’m pretty sure there are some that dont like what their government is doing to its people right now. Watch for more Snowdens to emerge. Its only a matter of time.
Seems that defense contractor facilities would be asymetrical targets.
I keep picturing Rosie, Christie, Michael Moore and Jerry Nadler floating around overhead. Maybe a dug-up Teddy, too.
Ok, so where would these cruise missiles be coming from?
Why don’t they tether one to IRS HQ?
Coming to a town near you soon.
We need to dig George Orwell up, remove Lincoln from the chair at his memorial and seat old George in it so he can see that he could actually watch life play out by the game-plan he wrote about in his book 1984.
WE HAVE DUPLICATED THE WRITINGS OF 1984 IN REAL LIFE!
Don’t worry, Moochie will declare them too fat and have them grounded.
After awhile the government will probably add other sensors to the balloons. The defense department is already developing huge format cameras that will be used to ID and track people.
Good point, it underscores EXACTLY how DC looks at us peons out in the area beyond the beltway. Funny, having coffee yesterday with a buddy and he blurted out exactly this: you know, I feel like my country feels I am the enemy. I told him not only do those in DC feel that way, they treat us that way too. Today Citizen means someone whom they can take advantage of. It used to be that a Citizen of Rome was free to move about and whoe be it to some clown non citizen who would bring him harm. Today, the alien is given an award or at the least, a pass.
The same existed in Texas also
They were removed not too long ago as I recall
They were removed because the government is not interested in stopping drugs or the illegals.
They call those “humans on the ground” DISMOUNTS. And, yes, they are highly interested in that.
The JLENS system tied to an automated targeting system suggests that they are also very concerned about missile and UAV attacks and want an intercept capability.
Think Benghazi and airports
Actually, I really don’t care whether DC is protected or not.
Installing such a system indicates to me that the government knows full well their DHS, FBI, NSA et al interdiction systems DOES NOT WORK, even despite the massive attacks on our Constitutionally affirmed freedoms.
So, it is relegated to a “Protect the System” role which should have been taken out by free and fair elections anyway.
Trust the Military to come up with a term that completely de-humanizes the “potential” enemy.
On the other hand... I am completely awed at how military technology has changed in only one hundred years from the Dawn of WW 1 to now.
The article noted cruze missiles.
I take that to mean ship mounted low flying bombs with rather short range
What happened to USSID 18?
Government rushing to protect... government.
Will there be a Colonel Blimp to run them?
Hey Obama, the year 1916 called. They want their technology back.
Methinks this isn't about using the radar for its stated purpose. This is a persistent surveillance platform that probably has a lot of optics installed too.
didn’t we just remove a few blimps from the southern border that were providing southern border surveillance?
That was the photo I was looking for.
There is also a tethered aerostat in the Florida Keys. A couple of years ago a pilot of a light aircraft did not check the Notams before flying and struck one of the tethering cables at about 13000 feet. Makes a person wonder why the government would want two such tethered aerostats above an urban area?
Since when is the military suppose to “watch” our cities?