JLENS Raytheon blimps to watch over Washington, D.C.

Two JLENS blimps could be deployed over D.C. in 2014. Photo: Raytheon

A pair of blimps could hover over and protect Washington from aerial attacks as soon as next year, according to Gizmodo.

The flying craft, known as Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netting System (or JLENS) - are being developed by Raytheon and have already been tested in Utah. The 74-meter long blimps will next move to a proving ground northeast of Baltimore for final evaluations.

Gizmodo says that once they're deemed operational, the Department of Defense will deploy two of these JLENS craft over the District to fly 10,000 feet above the ground and keep an eye out for possible attacks.

Raytheon says that the JLENS blimps can stay in flight for 30 days at a time.