Army to Launch 'blimp' That Detects Cruise Missiles
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|The U.S. Army plans to launch two stationary "blimps" at 10,000-feet in the air next week to better protect the Washington D.C. area from cruise missiles and other possible air attacks. It's part of a three-year test by NORAD of the so-called JLENS System , which is designed to work with already existing air defense technology. The tethered large balloons, called aerostats, carry technology that will almost double the reach of current ground radar detection, officials said. "It's not for surveillance," said NORAD spokesman Michael Kucharek.
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