Surveillance airship prepped for Iraq

The Army will soon test a 56,000-cubic-foot tethered aerostat surveillance system designed to provide constant monitoring of troops in Iraq.

Lockheed Martin Corp. recently delivered the system, equipped with various sensors, and the Army will test it at its Yuma Proving Grounds in Arizona before sending it to Iraq.

"We delivered this sole-source contract to Lockheed Martin based upon the Army's urgent requirement and the company's ability to deliver a capability in 120 days after contract award," Steve Kostek of the Army's Robotic Unmanned Sensors office at Fort Monmouth, N.J., said in a news release.

The airship will be attached by cable to a mooring system for around-the-clock surveillance coverage of troops and other military assets.

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