Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Army Readies Its Mammoth Spy Blimp Drone for First Flight

Source: Danger Room | Wired.com

 
Northrop Grumman has finally penciled in the first flight of the giant surveillance airship it’s building for the U.S. Army.  The Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle (LEMV) will lift off between June 6 and 10. After a brief trial the 300-foot-long airship will be mated up with a custom-designed gondola containing the blimp’s cameras and radios.

The LEMV can do more than hover and spy. It’s also a potentially useful cargo carrier. The current model can carry 20 tons of supplies. A scaled-up version could carry hundreds of tons — and at a fraction of the cost of fixed-wing airplanes.

With Pakistan’s continuing blockade of roads into Afghanistan, the LEMV could help the Army remove its weapons and gear from from the landlocked country as U.S. troops withdraw.

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