Blimps over Bagdad

The Bosch Aerospace Division of Information Systems Laboratories will supply the Army with two blimps to fly over Bagdad, according to a story in the November 19th edition of Jane’s Defence Weekly.

Bosch Aerospace is the developer of the “Rapidly Elevated Aerostat Platform” (REAP) which is basically shot out of the back of a HUMMER or a pickup truck.

The Army is looking to enhance their “situational awareness” in Bagdad and believes that a couple of blimps with infra-red sensors and electro-optical cameras will do the trick.

Correctomundo on the need to enhance their situational awareness, but may I suggest that blimps may not be the ultimate way to go?

Ever optimistic, they say that the blimp isn’t vulnerable to sniper fire as the helium leaks out of small bullet holes very slowly and they have cleverly supplied the blimp with a tube running up the tether to replenish lost gas.

Does this remind you of Wile E. Coyote?

There’s no mention of how fast helium leaks out of RPG-size holes.

Bleep! Bleep!

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This image is from the Bosch web site. I don’t know about you, but this strikes me as just a little weird.

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