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HAV Airlander 10

Lift typeLighter than air
Construction typeFactory-built
Control typePiloted
Engine typePiston, Diesel, Electric, Hybrid
ApplicationCargo, Surveillance
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Carbon fibre and glass fibre composite structures are used for the rigid elements of the 45.5 m long aircraft, including the fins and payload module.

The hull is made of a laminated fabric consisting of multi-layered Vectran weave, Tedlar, Mylar and polyurethane, and fills with helium.

The landing gear is fully retractable in flight, and the air-cushion landing system comprises of hover skirts on the underside of the outer hulls that also provide amphibious capability.

A wheeled, casting ground cradle supports the fuel tank and there is a stowable mooring mast.

Fibre optic control systems are used throughout. The low-pressure pneumatic system powers the flight control actuators and provides low susceptibility to lightning strike and electromagnetic interference. There is a dual-channel, optically signalled flight control system, plus pressure control by multiple airbags fore and aft in each of the two outer hulls.

Type variants

Variant Launch/First flight Production end  
HAV Airlander 10 2012 / 2012 Hybrid airship, originally built for US Army's Long Endurance Multi-intelligence Vehicle (LEMV) programme.

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