ARMY to revive blimps for combat?

Tuesday - 11/16/2010, 9:40am EST

Army soldiers could soon be traveling by blimp. The Army and the U.S. Transportation Command are investigating whether updated airships can be revived for both combat and humanitarian troop movement. NextGov reports, two requests for information seek help from industry, academia and commercial transportation companies to develop cost and operational models for airships. In June, the Space and Missile Defense Commanded awarded a $517 million contract to Northrop Grumman Corp. to develop a hybrid airship to carry more than a ton of surveillance gear.

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