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Army's Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle takes to the sky Edit Text

On Tuesday, August 7th the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command conducted the first flight test of the Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle (LEMV) at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.  The hybrid air vehicle was airborne for more than 90 minutes during its initial flight.  The first flight primary objective was to perform a safe launch and recovery with a secondary objective to verify the flight control system operation. Additional first flight objectives included airworthiness testing and demonstration, and system level performance verification. All objectives were met during the first flight.

The LEMV is an optionally manned or unmanned air vehicle which was manned during this flight. Additional manned flights will resume following a planned and very detailed inspection of the vehicle.   The LEMV will now go through a through post flight inspection to analyze how the air vehicle withstood aerodynamic loads during the flight. The next flight will be determined after post flight inspections are complete.  Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, the prime contractor for LEMV, is working with their international partner Hybrid Air Vehicle (HAV) of the United Kingdom as a major subcontractor. 

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