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America Won't Float Its Giant Terrifying Spy Blimp Over Afghanistan After All

pigrabbitbear (2519384) writes | about a year and a half ago

The Military 0

pigrabbitbear writes "Apologies Afghanistan, it appears that you will not have the pleasure of a 100-meter spy blimp floating over you, observing in detail the minutia of your citizens’ daily lives. Too bad.

Inside Defense reports that the Army’s Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle (LEMV) has been terminated for cost and schedule-related reasons:

The reason likely has to do with the program being behind schedule and over budget ... LEMV's fate — particularly its intended deployment to Afghanistan — has been in question since earlier last year. The window to send the airship to the battlefield is closing as U.S. troops prepare for a withdrawal in 2014. The airship was once scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan in December 2011.

And now it’s been deflated. Just after it had logged its first successful test-float, too."

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