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It would be better if the article mentioned HOW the airship handles winds and what damage a guy with a machine gun could do if it to be used at a forward military base.
Dave Houg - I seriously doubt they are thinking of using this at a forward operating base. It's just another tool in the toolbox.
For a state that's struggling financially, they have no problems attracting new enterprises.
Two points. First, according to operators of Goodyear Blimps, their ships routinely get shot by rifles throughout their use in the US. The ships can take hundreds if not thousands of hits before becoming an issue. The ships have more than one bladder. Additionally, the gondola has 1" thick armor plating for protection. Second, this technology is over 100 years old. Use of rigid dirigibles has been on drawing boards for 30 years to move large cargo, and have done so in years past. So I fail to see the significance of the latest evolution.
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