Skip to comments.Pentagon mulling ‘feasible’ designs for flying Humvee
Posted on 10/27/2011 4:29:36 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
The high-tech researchers at the Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) say they're reviewing two "feasible" designs for a flying Humvee vehicle called the "Transformer."
The tank-like machine is supposed to be able to take off and land vertically. The plan is for it to be operated by a person without flight training--or by no one at all, Aviation Week reports. AAI and Lockheed Martin have each submitted potential designs, in tandem with Piasecki Aircraft. AAI's prototype would weigh 7,500 pounds and combine traditional plane wings with a helicopter rotor on top. Lockheed Martin's design, above, is 500 pounds lighter.
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Its time to cut military spending then.
I can just see Ahnold Swartzennegger and Micheal Douglas managing the first airborn traffic accident on Rodeo Drive in their new toys.
They would be an RPG magnet.
Watching the bomb squad show in Afghanistan is a real eye-opener for what our guys are going through over there in the sand box. We have finally put in the field vehicles that are suited for the IED environment.
BWA-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha is this the DUmmie FUnnies, or the FREEPER Canteen?
Better to put American engineers to work than to simply throw that same money away on welfare cases and getting absolutely nothing in return.
“According to Aviation Week, the Pentagon hopes each device will cost about $1 million to make once the design plans are finalized. That’s more than a tank costs ....”
Wrong, wrong wrong. Either that, or a meaningless statement (”tank” covers a wide range of armenents).
I noted that they had to make it DOT legal with the Stability Control suspension (Soccer Mom Law) since it came in under 10K#.
Hmmm, what about auto-gyro combined with vectored fan?
Ugly as sin but betcha it’s fun to ride.
How much noise would it make, anyone know? There’s something so zen about gliders, and so off-putting about whirrr and putt-putt-putt. That thing looks wake-the-dead loud.
Whoa! I think I barfed on one of those at Six Flags!
Somebody has been playing too many video games.
We barely got the V-22 working after 25? years?
Does anyone see where the engines are located for the lift system? Or the driveline connecting them to the vehicle engine?
Didn’t we just add armor plates to Hummers - for like a decade? Hint - bunch of steel plates is not what we like to fly.
This is retarded - and makes Solyndra look like a good idea.
I always wanted to see them cross a v22 and an a10. Just take those big turbofans off of the Warthogs and use em to replace the turboprops on the Osprey. It could do vertical takeoffs and patrol or hover between the buildings in a city. That would be one scary beast! Can you imagine what it would sound like?
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