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Soldiers test drive JLENS during the Early User Testing period. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army) Soldiers test drive JLENS during the Early User Testing period. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army)
WASHINGTON -

Airships designed to conduct surveillance deep behind enemy lines are making their way to the Washington, D.C. area for a long-term series of trial tests.

Designed by Raytheon, the Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System – is a system of two tethered airships that float 10,000 feet in the air.

The airships are nearly as long as a football field and carry powerful radars.

The blimps had been testing in the Utah wilderness and are now heading to Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland.

Raytheon says the JLENS allows the military to defend hundreds of miles of territory at a fraction of the cost of fixed wing aircraft.

Photos courtesy of the U.S. Army

READ MORE: http://www.raytheon.com/newsroom/feature/rtn13_jlenseut/


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