Military airship programs plagued by wide range of problems

The Defense Department has invested more than $1 billion in at least nine airship programs across the military services in an effort to provide persistent surveillance to ground troops, but so far has almost nothing to show in operational airships, reports Defense News.

Two of the most publicized programs, the Air Force's Blue Devil 2 and the Army's Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle (LEMV), have had serious development problems. Blue Devil, which had missed deadlines, technical setbacks and cost overruns, was cancelled by the Air Force, while LEMV is struggling with missed deadlines and questions about its design, the story said.

The Navy's piloted MZ-3A blimp, which is used for research and testing systems, is the only working airship at this time, the story said.

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