Think about it: they can hover silently for just about ever; you can make them virtually invisible; and they have got to be cheap to build. How many airships could you park in the skies above, say, Afghanistan for the cost of one advanced fighter?
Plus, forget about equipping them with missiles. That is so last century. They will have lasers.
When I write that techno-thriller I keep threatening to write, these will be the main character. . . .
Here's a very interesting illustration from Northrop Grumman, a defense contractor. I found it after I came up with the idea. Hey, you think I could get a job coming up with new ideas for weapons?
|Northrop Gruman "Skystrike" illustration|
You say you want more? Okay, click "read more" to see more beauties:
Click here for a BBC video about the "Hybrid Air Vehicle" from a company called from Hybrid Air Vehicles, Ltd. They just received a massive American defense contract, for a helium-based airship that can be piloted remotely.
Now take a look at this item from DARPA. You know what the "D" in "DARPA" stands for, right?
|You know what the "D" in "DARPA" stands for, right?|
|Lockheed Martin patent illustration|
Finally, here's a way cool video from Aeroscraft depicting a giant blimp that would carry tanks, but I don't think they're seeing the big picture. If you've got stealthy laser blimps controlling the skies, why would you need tanks?