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New Developments in Chinese Balloon Technology: A Challenge for US Military?

Updated: Feb 21, 2023

China's development of advanced stratospheric airship technology, specifically the "Dream" airship, has significant military and civilian applications. Developed through collaboration between the Beijing Nanjiang Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation and Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the "Dream" airship can stay airborne for up to six months utilizing helium for lift and solar-powered electric propellers. With the ability to carry mission payloads, it offers ultra-long-range detection and monitoring capabilities, making it a valuable tool for monitoring aircraft carriers and stealth carrier-based aircraft. The "Dream" airship has the potential to address issues such as continuous location and relay guidance for "Nimitz"-class carriers and the lack of carrier-based fixed-wing early warning aircraft on the Liaoning aircraft carrier of Chinese PLA Navy. Its flexibility, reusability, and low cost make it an excellent choice.

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