Army Blimps

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  1. bruno

    bruno Retired Staff Member

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    Think they still do. Interdiction and observation. But who knows.:shake:
     
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    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    If we did while I was in, I have no idea who operated them. I certainly never read or heard about them. Could they have been CBP?
     
  4. bruno

    bruno Retired Staff Member

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    Nope- they were Coast Guard-and were called the Mobile Aerostat Program- had support ships along with aerostats. I knew they were in Key West and I think Grand Cayman -I've subsequently looked them up, they were transferred to the DoD in 1992. Why they are in the Army now is one of those questions for the bureaucrats to ponder.
     
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    You're confusing two programs, I think. The JLENS thing isn't really new. In Iraq in 06 through 08, we referred to them as either a JLENS or an Aerostat. Almost every decent size FOB in OIF or OEF has one of these. Over there, they mount TV/IR camera systems on them. The JLENS program is the radar program. I think we ended up calling it a JLENS over there because the aerostat blimps themselves were adapted from the existing JLENS program. What you're seeing now is a continuation of that program.
     
  6. falconfamily

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    Army blimps? Nah...

    http://youtu.be/jX_xgoo4IBM

    But in all seriousness, when my wife was in Central Asia, there was the ever present eye-in-the-sky.
     

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