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Military Blimps Will Float In Aberdeen, Tracking Potential Threats
CBS Baltimore ^ | June 17, 2014 | Mike Schuh

Posted on 06/18/2014 8:18:30 AM PDT by Seizethecarp

ABERDEEN, Md. (WJZ)—Soon, Maryland will be the home to a couple of new landmarks. Actually, sky-marks.

As Mike Schuh reports, two large blimps will soon rise over Harford County and stay put.

Radar blimps like these have been used on the battlefield to track the enemy, and in the Caribbean to intercept drug runners.

Testing in Utah is complete. Now they’re being packed up and sent to Maryland.

“There is some equipment already on grounds, yes,” said Kelly Luster, a spokesman for Aberdeen Proving Ground.

What will they be looking for? Anti-ship cruise missiles, unmanned aircraft and swarming boats.

These blimps are a lot like a toy balloon. They are unmanned and are held in place by a very long tether.

(Excerpt) Read more at baltimore.cbslocal.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; US: District of Columbia; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: blimp; cruisemissile; swarmingboats; uav

1 posted on 06/18/2014 8:18:30 AM PDT by Seizethecarp
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To: Seizethecarp

Just acclimating the sheep to having overt monitoring of every move.


2 posted on 06/18/2014 8:21:02 AM PDT by JOAT
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To: Seizethecarp
"What will they be looking for? Anti-ship cruise missiles, unmanned aircraft and swarming boats Personal information and revenue opportunities."
3 posted on 06/18/2014 8:23:50 AM PDT by FlJoePa ("Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good")
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To: Seizethecarp

Ubiquitous smaller versions of the Aerostat once used to try to catch illegals based at Sierra Vista, AZ.

Now, there is not need to spot illegals, but rather to provide a stationary drone platform from which to control those pesky citizens who will not conform.


4 posted on 06/18/2014 8:24:06 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: JOAT
Yeah ... Maryland ?

How about Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and Southern California ?

Naaahhh .. we gutt'a watch out for them threats in Maryland.

Hint: Government shit happens in Virginia and Maryland .... just sayin'

5 posted on 06/18/2014 8:24:07 AM PDT by knarf (brooklyn bridge)
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To: Seizethecarp

Might should try them in Iraq where terrorists are taking over.


6 posted on 06/18/2014 8:24:57 AM PDT by boycott
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To: knarf

Maryland and Virginia are pretty much wholly-owned territories of DC at this point.


7 posted on 06/18/2014 8:26:01 AM PDT by clintonh8r (Can Juan Williams possibly be that stupid?)
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To: Seizethecarp

How many .22 shots does it take to bring one down, I wonder.


8 posted on 06/18/2014 8:26:11 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: clintonh8r

Thanx ... my point.


9 posted on 06/18/2014 8:28:17 AM PDT by knarf (brooklyn bridge)
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To: Seizethecarp
They are unmanned and are held in place by a very long tether.

Oh I can't see any problem with that...

10 posted on 06/18/2014 8:30:03 AM PDT by DoughtyOne
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To: Izzy Dunne
I think I counted eleventeen hunnert
11 posted on 06/18/2014 8:30:51 AM PDT by knarf (brooklyn bridge)
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To: Gaffer

“Now, there is not need to spot illegals.....”

Obama wants to move a bunch of minor illegals to the Aberdeen Testing Gounds there, so maybe there’s a chance INS will once again use blimps to monitor illegals.


12 posted on 06/18/2014 8:36:24 AM PDT by VanShuyten ("a shadow...draped nobly in the folds of a gorgeous eloquence.")
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To: Seizethecarp

It can spot incoming missiles or aircrafts up to 340 miles out and can track vehicles on the ground up to 140 miles away, meaning its effective ground vision area is 62,000 miles. Raytheon envisioned it as something that could sit on an army base in, say, Iraq or Afghanistan to allow the military to spot threats many miles away.


Much better info here-
http://motherboard.vice.com/blog/a-giant-military-surveillance-blimp-is-going-to-constantly-monitor-the-east-coast


13 posted on 06/18/2014 8:36:42 AM PDT by matthew fuller (gopetition.com/petitions/request-for-immediate-texas-border-control/sign.html#se)
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To: Seizethecarp

Potential threats = conservative teaparty people.


14 posted on 06/18/2014 8:37:52 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: knarf
Ft Huachuca, Arizona has had one for many years.




15 posted on 06/18/2014 8:38:44 AM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: SandRat
Finished version:


16 posted on 06/18/2014 8:42:50 AM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: Seizethecarp
“There is some equipment already on grounds, yes,” said Kelly Luster, a spokesman for Aberdeen Proving Ground.

What will they be looking for? Anti-ship cruise missiles, unmanned aircraft and swarming boats.

Is there a Navy base close to Aberdeen Proving Ground?

17 posted on 06/18/2014 9:08:17 AM PDT by wideminded
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To: Izzy Dunne

I live in Aberdeen. Probably within target range of where they will be flying.

Kind of a cool place to live. Random explosions rattle the windows, see some weird vehicles once in a while.


18 posted on 06/18/2014 10:06:43 AM PDT by cyclotic (America's premier outdoor adventure association for boys-traillifeusa.com)
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To: Seizethecarp; COUNTrecount; Nowhere Man; FightThePower!; C. Edmund Wright; jacob allen; ...

Nut-job Conspiracy Theory Ping!

To get onto The Nut-job Conspiracy Theory Ping List you must threaten to report me to the Mods if I don't add you to the list...

19 posted on 06/18/2014 7:58:11 PM PDT by null and void (In this war, the front line is at your front door...)
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To: knarf

Yeah, like they were tested in that terrorist hold known as Utah.


20 posted on 06/18/2014 8:15:20 PM PDT by bgill
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To: wideminded

Aberdeen is near the northern end of Chesapeake Bay, and Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Newport News, and related bases/facilities are probably within range. It looks to be about 200 miles, and a previous poster mentioned a range of more than 300 miles.


21 posted on 06/18/2014 8:26:19 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: Seizethecarp

Reminds me of the old barrage balloons the Brits used in WWII in association with the Chain Home radar system.


22 posted on 06/18/2014 9:50:46 PM PDT by Nowhere Man (Mom I miss you! (8-20-1938 to 11-18-2013) Cancer sucks)
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To: null and void

Are they armed?


23 posted on 06/18/2014 10:31:21 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: Nifster

Almost certain not.

This is a C3I asset. This gives you the information on where to send that drone, where to send that F15, where to send that squad/platoon/company, etc.


24 posted on 06/19/2014 4:18:50 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: FreedomPoster

Oh man you need to get your sarcasm meter checked.....


25 posted on 06/19/2014 7:35:28 AM PDT by Nifster
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To: Nifster

It looked like a straight question.

Sarcasm often doesn’t translate well to text in forums. It’s the reason so many use a < /s> tag, or similar.


26 posted on 06/19/2014 7:51:49 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: FreedomPoster

Because my response was to null and voids conspiracy ping list I kind of thought it was self-evident.

Once again I was mistaken.


27 posted on 06/19/2014 8:52:40 PM PDT by Nifster
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