The US Army is now flight testing their LEMV:
A football field-sized blimp belonging to the U.S. Army was spotted over New Jersey skies Tuesday.
Dubbed the Long-Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle, or LEMV, it’s the army’s latest aerospace project,Wired reported. YouTube user jmeriney revealed the blimp in a video he posted on Wednesday.
Made by military aircraft manufacturer Northrop Grumman, the LEMV is designed to be a lighter-than-air cargo surveillance airship that can fly without a pilot.
It can float above combat zones for 21 days straight, and is equipped with high-tech sensors that can monitor insurgents from above, the Wall Street Journal reported. While the blimp can only travel up to 30 miles an hour, it consumes 10 times less fuel than other vehicles with comparable assets.