U.S. $ 400 million to build the proposed high-altitude reconnaissance giant airship (Figure)
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U.S. Pentagon intends to develop a $ 400 million invested in nearly 20,000 m altitude flying for 10 years, to provide continuous radar monitoring of the giant airship.
British “Daily Telegraph” website reported 14, this airship is about 137 meters, is expected to arrive within 15 days of any region over the ground, the maximum monitoring distance of about 600 km.
Pentagon officials disclosed that nearly 20,000 meters altitude airship that can be almost impossible to see and make it out of the ground staff of any portable air defense missiles and attack range of most fighters.
Pentagon believes that this new airship that can help the U.S. military within the target area continuously monitor every move the enemy, and thus better understand the habits and tactics of enemy action. It has a wide range of surveillance activities within the ability of small, can significantly increase the U.S. military in Afghanistan and Pakistan border area like the ability to obtain intelligence.
this airship is designed to use helium filled balloon floating by solar panels and rechargeable hydrogen fuel cell powered.
“Los Angeles Times” reported that the Air Force has with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency signed an agreement, which in 2014 agreed to complete a third of the length of the actual airship-like boats.
Pentagon contractor has not yet selected a contractor-like boats. Pre-development work by the Northrop – Grumman and Lockheed – Martin and other companies to complete. (Xinhua News Agency Reuters)