Spy blimps may get shot down by delays, costs

The future of the U.S. surveillance blimp program across the military services could be in jeopardy because of schedule delays, technical complications and inflated costs, reports Noah Shachtman at Wired's Danger Room blog.

The Air Force is poised to pull the plug on its Blue Devil Block 2 airship, the Navy just deflated its MZ-3A blimp and the Army’s Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle airship, which was supposed to be in Afghanistan by now, has run into significant development roadblocks, the article noted.

"Blimps’ status as the Next Big Thing in high-flying spycraft is in jeopardy," the article said.

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