He won't, as well as he shouldn't. He doesn't have to waste his (and the fans) time with this bullshit. You're probably right that he doesn't even know about the article.
I sent them an email and got this back
Please feel able to refute Mr Paterson's article with one of your own.
The US Department of Defense recently awarded a contract worth $517 million (£333 million) for a hybrid-design platform that can operate at 19,600ft for three weeks. The 300ft long LEMV – "long endurance multi-intelligence vehicle" – will make its first flight this summer. Based on a design by a British company, Hybrid Air Vehicles, it carries a 2,500lb payload of sensors and communications equipment.
the AT-10, a 5-seater airship eventually exported to Asia. This design evolved into a hybrid air vehicle with an innovative landing system. It is this design that forms the platform for the US Army’s LEMV system [...]
Yes, they misspelled his name, but haven't failed to identify him as Maiden's lead singer nor as having a major thing for aviationToday two shareholders – Philip Gwyn of Christie Group and City veteran Rod Sinclair – hold 60 per cent of the equity and the remainder is owned by private investors. They include Peter Hambro, boss of Petropavlovsk, and Bruce Dickenson, of rock group Iron Maiden and a passionate aviation buff.
In 2010, Northrop Grumman had beaten its rival to a half-a-billion-dollar development contract with the US Army. The contract was focussed on exploring the potential of airship technology not just for cargo haulage, but for battlefield surveillance.
With US Military’s backing, Northrop Grumman successfully developed and trialled an airship called the LEMV—short for Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle. And after a successful test flight in August 2012, spokesman Tim Paynter proudly told Future Tense: ‘Over the next couple of years we will certainly see a lot more activity on this program.’
...because all of the major commercial aircraft manufacturers derive the vast bulk of their revenue from military contracts, not from civil aircraft. ‘The civil side of the business, which is the one we hear about, is much, much smaller than the military side,’...
Battlefield surveillance (and C&C).On June 15, 2010, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems sector won a competitive bid for a $517 million contract from SMDC/AFSC to develop three LEMV systems within 18 months. [...] company officials say their design provides a plug-and-play capability to readily integrate into the Army’s existing common ground station command centers for UAVs.
“It is critical that our warfighters are equipped with more enabling integrated ISR capability to tackle today’s and tomorrow’s conflicts,” Northrop Grumman Program Manager Alan Metzger said. “Our offering supports the Army’s Joint Military Utility Assessment that this disruptive innovation must meet the Army’s objective of a persistent unblinking stare while providing increased operational utility to battlefield commanders. Part of our innovative offering includes open architecture design in the payload bay to allow sensor changes by service personnel in the field.”
This report from local Berdforshire newspaper gives a clue regarding the direction of future develoment:But it was not to be. In March this year the US Military announced the surprise cancellation of the contract.
There is no record of defense contractor Northrop Grumman's involvement in the development of the new model, dubbed the Airlander. The DefenceMedianNetwork report has some more technical details that perhaps explain why the original LEMV project was shut down, and this guy seems to shed even further light. You can also find a lot of other details on the LEMV on Wikipedia.HAV are now trying to purchase back the ship, [...] so it can be used for testing and product development.
Hardy Giesler, spokesman for HAV, said: “We were very aware of the impact of the US Army cuts but in many ways it’s opened up a fantastic opportunity for us. We started work on new airship in 2011 and it would be helpful to have a physical aircraft to use for testing. It will shorten the time scale for development and there’s no real substitute for the real thing.”
Sorry if you all think this is nitpicking as it is a small point but as an accountant it is niggling me and I feel I have to point this out: Bruce is not by this account a major shareholder, he is one of several minor shareholders who collectively own only 40% of the company. Two people - Philip Gwyn and Rod Sinclair - control the company and Bruce's share, while it might seem like a lot of money to us and may even make up a significant proportion of Bruce's resources (I think this is probably what you meant by "major"), is still quite probably peanuts to them. However, it is interesting to note that Hybrid Air Vehicles Ltd was incorporated on 6th June 2007 so if Bruce first met Roger Munk while canvassing for funds to make Chemical Wedding (which came out in 2008) then he may well have been involved with the project from very near the start.Bottom line, he's a major shareholder in a $500,000,000 hi-tech R&D firm. Obviously he knows where his money is going.