Britain allocated £100 million to buy U.S. spy balloons that can track hypersonic weapons

By: Maksim Panasovskyi | 16.08.2022, 10:27
Britain allocated £100 million to buy U.S. spy balloons that can track hypersonic weapons

The American company Sierra Nevada Corporation will send aerostats, which are in the shape of a balloon, to the United Kingdom.

What we know

U.S.-made high-altitude unguided balloons will be used for reconnaissance and surveillance. The U.K. Ministry of Defense has allocated £100 million ($120 million). As part of the Aether project, the United Kingdom wants advanced communications systems for long-term missions.

The defense establishment said it wants spy balloons for near-real-time surveillance and reconnaissance. One of the key requirements for the communications system is fast maneuvering and minimal maintenance.

Sierra Nevada Corporation Air balloons can stay in the air for long periods of time without having to return to the ground. Another feature of the balloons is the ability to track hypersonic weapons.

Source: Defense News

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