Monday, March 19, 2007
This Week's Silliest Idea? or Not?
Having a UAV fly at 65,000ft over a major airport on persistent surveillance could be part-funded "by leasing onboard space to cellular telephone companies," says Jay Cohen. The US government has spent $121M researching counter-measures since 2003. DHS has spent $7.4M on funding a Raytheon, L-3 Comms and Northrop Grumman search for a non-laser jamming solution. Raytheon has the Vigilant Eagle (high energy counter-pulse), Skyguard (Northrop Grumman) uses a chemical-fuel laser, but both of these systems are ground-based. Avisys Corp (L-3) uses a warning system to trigger low-tech infra-red decoys.
The idea behind the high-level UAV is to seduce any missiles to a height beyond their maximum ceiling, exhausting their fuel and causing them to drop from the sky. "Will it work? I don't know, but we're going to do it," Cohen told a 13 March homeland security technology summit.