Northrop Grumman‘s Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle completed its first test flight on August 10, according to the company.
Working with the US Army Space and Missile Defense Command, Northrop’s LEMV flew across the Lakehurst Naval Air Station in New Jersey for 90 minutes.
Northrop provided the overall system and open system architecture development and integration as well as unmanned flight control software, system flight and ground operations, maintenance and support.
The LEMV took 24 months to be designed, built and flown according to the release.
Working with Northrop, Hybrid Air Vehicles Limited CEO Gary Elliott said the successful test flight “demonstrates the readiness of hybrid air vehicle technology to serve military needs.”
Hybrid Air Vehicles provided the air vehicle design for the LEMV.
Northrop also worked with Warwick Mills for fabric development, ILC Dover for hull fabrication and seaming, AAI Corporation for air vehicle control through its Universal Ground Control Station, and SAIC for full-motion video exploitation.