29 May '12, 8am

US Air Force Deflates the Blue Devil II Airship | Defense Update

US Air Force Deflates the Blue Devil II Airship | Defense Update

After the Air Force assumed responsibility for BD2 from the Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) back in early 2011, it’s first official act was to try to kill the BD2 effort in favor of a conventional fixed-wing UAV program, but with supporters in Congress and the Office of Secretary of Defense (OSD) the program was kept alive. To date, the airship has not achieved the first test-flight status. A front view of the 123 meter long M1400 airship, developed for the Blue Devil 2 unmanned sensor platform. Photo: MAV6 MAV6 LLC, a once promising newcomer under the leadership of two retired US Army generals, has been unable to deliver on its promises for the Blue Devil II program. Built at a cost of $211 million by TCOM LP, the airship was projected to be capable of operating a 2,500 pound payload of intelligence-gathering sensors and equipment including the Defens...

Full article: http://defense-update.com/20120529_blue-devil-2-airship-d...

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