Singapore adds surveillance blimp

Eye-in-the-Sky Blimp Boosts Singapore’s Spying Ability

By Kyunghee Park

A missing airplane and a rise in piracy attacks off the coast of Singapore has prompted the city-state to boost surveillance efforts with a radar-equipped blimp over its skyline.

An unmanned helium-filled balloon the length of an Olympic-size pool will be held down by fortified ropes to float 600 meters (2,000 feet) above ground — more than twice the height of Singapore’s tallest building, the Ministry of Defense said in a statement on its website.

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