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    Army's new spy blimp makes first test flight over Jersey

    Aug 08, 2012

    Army's new spy blimp makes first test flight over Jersey

    By Michael Winter, USA TODAY
    Updated 47m ago

    After a two-0month delay, the U.S. Army's high-tech spy blimp has made its maiden flight, over the New Jersey Shore.

    The football-field-size airship -- Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle, in Army parlance -- was put through its paces for 90 minutes Tuesday evening at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, a military spokesman confirmed to our Gannett colleagues at the Courier News.

    Technicians are "checking to see how the vehicle withstood the flight ... aerodynamic loads," said John Cummings, a spokesman for the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command.

    Here's what Cummings said in statement reported earlier by Wired:
    "The first flight primary objective was to perform a safe launch and recovery with a secondary objective to verify the flight control system operation," Army spokesman John Cummings said in a statement. "Additional first flight objectives included airworthiness testing and demonstration, and system level performance verification."
    "All objectives were met during the first flight," Cummings added.
    An illustration of the Long Endurance ulti-Intelligence Vehicle, the Army's new football-field-
    By Northrop Grumman


    Based on further tests, the LEMV could deploy to Afghanistan by early next year. The airship, built by Northrop Grumman and costing between $154 million and $517 million "if all options are exercised," is designed to fly at 20,000 feet for up to three weeks at a time. It can be flown remotely or by a crew, and can lift heavy equipment in addition to providing intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.The "hybrid" airship takes off like a plane and uses helium to stay aloft, maneuvered by its onboard engines.

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    CBP Launches Evaluation of DoD Equipment in Rio Grande Valley

    (Thursday, August 09, 2012)

    Washington – In partnership with the Department of Defense (DoD), CBP will begin to test and evaluate whether equipment no longer being used by DoD can be re-purposed for CBP border security efforts in the United States.

    This week in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, CBP will evaluate “aerostats,” large, balloon-like devices that would allow CBP personnel to view activity along the border. Additional equipment will be evaluated in the coming months.

    CBP detects, identifies, monitors and responds to threats to our Nation’s borders. The evaluation of former DoD equipment and technology will support CBP’s ongoing efforts to leverage and maximize resources effectively and efficiently.
    CBP Launches Evaluation of DoD Equipment in Rio Grande Valley - CBP.gov

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control, and protection of our Nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

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