(U.S. military photo)
McALLEN (August 9, 2012)--Large tethered surveillance devices called aerostats could take flight by Friday in the Rio Grande Valley, Border Patrol spokesman Henry Mendiola said.
He couldn’t say how many would be tested, however, or how long the testing would last.
The devices on loan from the Defense Department are often outfitted with cameras or radar in battlefield settings.
Mendiola declined to discuss the technology they would carry along the border.
The test will determine if aerostats no longer needed by the military could be useful for border security.