Army Capt. Dave MacPhail, left, and Jeff Crosse, project manager for Army Corps of Engineers, confer at the blimp site. (Kim Hairston/TNS)
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$2.7 billion later, Pentagon’s blimps have yet to get off the ground

Maker Raytheon and its supporters claim the JLENS airships as the answer to an ever-evolving list of threats: cruise missiles, drones and other small aircraft, “swarming” boats, even explosives-laden trucks.

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