UK Daily Mail
July 12, 2010
Giant unmanned airships that can fly for up to three weeks at a time could soon be providing cover for British soldiers in Afghanistan.
The LEMV (long endurance multi intelligence vehicle) is being developed by a team of British and American engineers and will give troops on the ground valuable surveillance information.
The helium-filled drone will, when it takes to the skies sometime next summer, become the worldâ€™s longest endurance UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle).
Packed with reconnaissance systems, the LEMV will be able to operate autonomously at altitudes of around 22000 feet for 21 days at a time, and travelling at speeds of up to 80 knots.
Alan Metzger, director for airship programmes at defence firm Northrop Grumman, which received half a billion dollars from the US military for the project, said that the airshipâ€™s ability to stay in the air for long periods make it perfect for surveillance missions.
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