Update: Jane’s Defense actually published an interesting article on this topic shortly after this Techyum post.
I find this soldier-shot video of lighter-than-air surveillance platforms in Afghanistan strangely adorable. The ages of the participants notwithstanding, it comes across like a program on the high school TV station about what to expect when the Tigers square off against the Buccaneers this weekend at the big game. Only the big game here is counter-insurgency surveillance and, you know, death and stuff. I guess that’s a pretty big game.
I’ve been completely fascinated by lighter-than-air ships in combat ever since I found out, via 1915’s Tom Swift and His Aerial Warship, why you can’t fire a cannon from a zeppelin. (That’s a long story; just believe me. You can’t.)