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A new U.S. congressional report endorses the idea of buying heavy-lift airships instead of cargo jets to get troops and equipment to future wars.
In a report looking at options for strategic lift, the Congressional Budget Office says airships, such as the Walrus program that is in its initial development stages, “would be virtually independent of air bases and would be well-suited to deliver combat-ready troops, along with their vehicles and other equipment, directly to their destinations.”
Fifteen airships could deliver 1,000 tons of cargo a day, three times as much as a fleet of 21 C-17 Globemasters, the report says.
Developing and buying 14 to 16 airships and operating them for 30 years would cost about $11.3 billion, the report says.
besides if you need to get supplies somewhere fast an aircraft is a much better choise...
As much as I actually like the concept, the science behind it suggests far more severe effects from the weather than subjected to airplanes.
the survival rate is far higher for airplanes than for dirgibles