The US Army conducted the first flight test of its Northrop Grumman-built Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle (LEMV) on 8 August.
The optionally manned hybrid airship was in the air for about 90 minutes during the flight, the army says.
The U.S. Army’s Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle (LEMV) flew for the first time from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., on Aug. 7. The air vehicle was airborne for more than 90 minutes during its initial flight. LEMV is built by Northrop Grumman with major subcontractor Hybrid Air Vehicle.
For this initial flight, which took place at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, a human pilot operated the aircraft. There will be additional manned flights after the vehicle has been inspected, the army says.
Source: Dave Majumdar for Flight Global.