According to a post in the Wall Street Journal, designer Hybrid Air Vehicles will ask the U.S. Army not to dismantle the LEMV airship as planned and instead give the ship to Hybrid Air to sell to other countries.
The U.S. government cancelled LEMV last month because of delays and performance issues after spending almost $300 million on the project. The super-secret airship had been designed for high-tech surveillance over Afghanistan, cruising at 20,000 feet for weeks at a time.
The Army intends to dismantle the airship in two weeks but Hybrid Air will reportedly make a formal request to take possession of the ship instead. According to the Wall Street Journal, the firm has been talking to Canadian companies about using LEMV to test Hybrid Air’s designs for airships to transport equipment to remote areas for use in the oil, gas and mining industries.
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