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Harford councilman expresses concerns over use of Army aerostats

Harford councilman expresses concerns over use of Army aerostats

Harford County Councilman Jim McMahan recently suggested that Aberdeen Proving Ground officials have not been honest in their statements about what a balloon designed to carry systems for early detection and tracking of airborne weapons, which is being tested at the Edgewood Area of APG, would be doing once it is aloft. The Army is testing the blimp-like balloons, which are called aerostats and are tethered to the ground, from locations on APG property in Edgewood and Middle River. The aerostats are part of the Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System, or JLENS, and carry radar that can cover a radius of up to 340 miles. McMahan, who brought up his...

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