LAKEHURST - The U.S. Army is testing blimps in the air above Lakehurst to see if they'd be useful on reconnaissance missions above the battlefield.

Pilots have been training for blimp flights while engineers have been testing battlefield equipment to see how they would work together at gathering intelligence.

The Army wants to use the blimps because they're relatively stable for those inside collecting data. Plus, they're safe and inexpensive to fly.

Army engineers are working on an airship at Lakehurst Naval Air Station that could fly as high as 20,000 feet and remain airborne for weeks at a time.

The Army is still running tests on the blimp, and says it could be another year before the airship is deployed overseas.