It probably comes as no surprise that the Army is declining pay people who said their properties were damaged from Aberdeen Proving Ground's infamous "runaway blimp," a surveillance balloon that broke free from its moorings in the fall of 2015 and flew across the Maryland and Pennsylvania countryside, dragging its heavy mooring cable behind it.
The Army is declining to give payouts to people who said their properties were was damaged when a surveillance balloon broke free of its moorings at Aberdeen Proving Ground and careened across the Maryland and Pennsylvania countryside.
As the U.S. Department of Defense seeks to again fly giant radar balloons over Aberdeen Proving Ground, two key Maryland lawmakers on Friday said they oppose a request for funding to resume the flights.
In October, a runaway U.S. Army surveillance blimp caused havoc across parts of Maryland and Pennsylvania. Its broken tether brought down power lines, causing a black-out in some areas, and triggered more than $300,000 in damage claims. Begun in 1998, the JLENS blimp system is designed to detect cruise missiles and enemy aircraft, and has cost taxpayers over $2.7 billion. Though a 2012 Pentagon assessment said JLENS had "low system reliability," it is still being funded. A runaway blimp —
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The Army has received more than $300,000 in claims from a dozen people who say their property was damaged when one of the massive surveillance balloons anchored at Aberdeen Proving Ground escaped in October.
The Pentagon's glitch-prone, $2.7-billion system of radar-equipped blimps — designed to safeguard the nation's capital against cruise missiles and other airborne threats — has long been a source of frustration to military leaders. A month ago, it became a punch line.
Rep. C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger said the Pentagon made the right decision in suspending the Army's balloon-mounted missile surveillance program at Aberdeen Proving Ground after one of two aircraft escaped last week.
Members of Congress pressed for more information about how a giant surveillance balloon broke free of its moorings at Aberdeen Proving Ground, as troops resorted to shotgun blasts Thursday to deflate the errant aircraft.
Harford County emergency officials were able to breathe a sigh of relief after Wednesday's SNAFU that saw a military surveillance blimp break loose from its mooring at the Edgewood Area of Aberdeen Proving Ground and float cross country for hundreds of miles trailing its heavy tether cable.
The remaining blimp at Aberdeen Proving Ground is grounded indefinitely after one of the two football field-sized military surveillance aerostats detached from its mooring Wednesday and traveled hundreds of miles north.
When a military surveillance balloon broke free of its moorings Tuesday and began a 160-mile journey north, it was only the most dramatic in a series of problems for a deeply troubled $2.7 billion Army effort to mount powerful radars high in the skies.
Giant high-tech blimps deployed east of Baltimore were developed to provide an early warning if the nation were ever attacked with cruise missiles, drones or other low-flying weapons. But after 17 years of research and $2.7 billion spent by the Pentagon, the system known as JLENS doesn't work as envisioned.