$2.7 billion later, Pentagon’s blimps have yet to get off the ground

Army Capt. Dave MacPhail, left, and Jeff Crosse, project manager for Army Corps of Engineers, confer at the blimp site. (Kim Hairston/TNS)

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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