Long-endurance airship scheduled for November flight

Northrop Grumman's long-endurance, multi-intelligence vehicle (LEMV) will undergo its first test flight in November after a three-month delay, Flightglobal reports.


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The hybrid airship is now in a hanger with all 19 sections inflated and sensor payloads integrated into its structure awaiting its first flight.

The LEMV, being built for the Space and Missile Defense Command under a $500 million contract, is believed to be purchased by the command on behalf of the army's special operations forces.

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