Sunday, February 17, 2013

Northrop Grumman airship program canceled

The Northrop Grumman Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle (LEMV), a lighter-than-air vehicle Meant to keep airborne sophisticated sensors for weeks at a time, has-beens Canceled by the U.S. Army.

"This project was designed to INITIALLY supporting operational needs in Afghanistan in Spring 2012, it will not Provide a capability in the required timeframe," says the Army. "Due to technical and performance challenges, and the limitations Imposed by constrained resources, the Army HAS DETERMINED to the discontinuous LEMV development effort."

The LEMV program, more than a year behind schedule and far over budget, was Meant to deploy to Afghanistan to supporting intelligence collection efforts. The Army is in the midst of Withdrawing from Afghanistan after 12 years of war there.

Airships, use very little gas Which Maintain and more-or-less neutral buoyancy, are Ideally suited for intelligence tasks require targeting a single That area of ​​pĂ©riodes for long time. Conventional unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) can fly over 24 hours, Which is not long enough for some applications.

Northrop Declined to comment, directing issues to the Army.

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