Former employee of the 30 Central Research Institute of the Ministry of Defense Alexey Leonkov told Izvestia that military balloons could be used to monitor the situation on the battlefield. For a long time they can be at one point above the terrain beyond the reach of the interception means.
It is noted that military aeronautics is actively used in some countries of the world. Thus, in the United States, balloons and airships are introduced into the system of state border protection in the Mexican sector. With the help of cameras and sensors installed on the means of aeronautics, the dividing line is monitored, the traffic of smuggled goods and illegal immigrants are detected.
One of the domestic military aerostats was demonstrated during the exhibition of unmanned aerial vehicles, held a couple of weeks ago in the suburbs. Flight tests of an unmanned airship DP-29 are being conducted.
Aeronautical equipment was also used in Syria - to protect the airspace above the Khmeimim airbase, as well as to ensure safety over Palmyra during the historic concert of the Mariinsky Theater.