Raytheon's Aerostat Could be Deflated

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  1. Falcon

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    The Pentagon wanted to refloat JLENS after tracing the cause of the October incident to a faulty air pressure sensor that allowed the aerostat’s tail fins to partially deflate in high winds. But Congress cut funding for JLENS in the current fiscal 2016 defence budget and in March, the Senate Appropriations Committee turned down the DOD's request to realign funding to fix the aerostat and resume trials.

    This week, Congress moved a step closer to killing the programme entirely, with the House Armed Services panel adopting legislation that would limit spending on JLENS to $2.2 million as opposed to the $45 million listed in the Army's fiscal year 2017 budget submission.


    “This isn’t the first time we’ve tried to let the air out of this balloon,” says Congresswoman Jackie Speier, who proposed the amendment to the fiscal 2017 defence policy bill. “Let’s hope this ‘zombie programme’ stays dead this time.”

    If passed by the full Congress and signed into law, the will be the final nail in the coffin for the long-running JLENS effort. The Army originally wanted to field 16 JLENS units, but stopped at two for testing at the Aberdeen Proving Ground.

    https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/death-knell-for-raytheons-runaway-aerostat-424756/

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    I like the concept of this but I am not a big fan of blimps in general because they are very vulnerable to small arms, and they can't be used in windy weather. Both of these threats to the systems operability are common and serious.

    Another program money was spent and is destined to be canceled. More money down the drain.