7/14/2008

Blimp recruited for interdictions at sea

Blimp recruited for interdictions at sea
THE GOVERNMENT LOOKS TO A LUMBERING BLIMP TO BOOST INTERDICTIONS OFF FLORIDA'S COAST

BOCA CHICA --
The Skyship 600 blimp has been a headturning advertisement for Fuji Film, rock band Pink Floyd and Ron Paul..


Now the 197-foot airship that looks like a gigantic white balloon features only an American flag.

The blimp's latest lessee: the U.S. government.

In a $1.6 million collaborative test project conducted by the Navy, Coast Guard and newly created National Office of Global Maritime Situational Awareness, the blimp has been equipped with radar, sensors and electro-optical infrared cameras to provide six weeks of surveillance of the Florida Straits.

The goal is to catch drug smugglers, immigrant smugglers and environmental law breakers, as well as to aid in search-and-rescue missions at sea.

The test is to determine if the blimp can provide the surveillance information efficiently and economically.

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[Source: Breaking News from WarOnYou.com - Posted by The King Of Videos; VIDZ KING]

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