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If you wonder what sort of prototype aircraft could be behind some UFO sightings, look no further. Northrop Grumman have been awarded a half-billion dollar contract to develop three airships, each the size of a football field:

The military already employs a fleet of blimps to look for enemies and relay communications. But none of them are as big, as high-flying, or as far-seeing as this Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle, or LEMV. It’s supposed to float at 20,000 feet for up to three weeks at a time, snooping on absolutely everything below with a variety of sensors.

“Basically what we see it as is an unblinking eye,” LEMV project manager Marty Sargent tells Inside Defense.

Hrmmmm….pyramidal shaft of light emerging from the clouds, airship as an unblinking eye. I wonder what they could be talking about?

More importantly, does this news mean I’m living in an alternate universe?