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JLENS flies again

WASHINGTON — After an embarrassing incident last fall where the Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System (JLENS) broke free in Maryland and floated into Pennsylvania dragging its mooring line, it appears the controversial surveillance blimp program will fly again.

Investigations into what happened that late October day are completed and JLENS’ revival is being closely coordinated among organizations involved. The system will require putting together a new fire control aerostat, training personnel, implementing recommended changes and procedures, and more money, Maj. Beth Smith, a spokeswoman for North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and US Northern Command, told Defense News.

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