Skip to comments.Meet Boeing’s Phantom Badger light tactical vehicle
Posted on 05/22/2013 4:28:01 PM PDT by Carbonsteel
The Phantom Badger isn't a children's cartoon superhero, or something that creeps up to your house at night and messes up your garbage. No, it's the latest ground tactical vehicle from Boeing, and it looks downright awesome, in a butch golf cart sort of way.
The V22 Internally Transportable Vehicle, as the official nomenclature goes, has been developed with the help of MSI Defense Solutions, reportedly employing NASCAR racing technologies with the vehicle. It's Boeing's proposal for a vehicle able to be internally transported inside a V-22 Osprey tilt rotor, but is more capable and more sturdily built than an ATV.
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Not that the Humvee wasn't capable. Just always seems to have been over sized and expensive for the task at hand.
In any case....I want one. Civilian models???
You can get one from the army base, if you take one home, one piece at a time.
It looks like a 4-wheeled “mule” ...
If that was spoken by a pampered automobile critic from Detroit, that'd be one thing, but if it was an iron-butt Tech Sergeant who spends his off hours roller-blading through the Hindu Kush with a full battle pack, quite another. I still want one.
Nappy must be lickin’ her lips.
“In any case....I want one. Civilian models??? “
Yup! It’s called a Jeep.
Hopefully those transverse hoop structures can be raised up after unloading the vehicle. Gotta have a roll cage on something like this for sure.
I think the twin 23mm anti-aircraft guns are a nice touch.
I would just as soon have my 41 MB.
Four wheel steering? WhY?
How much are they each?
My SIL works for Rolls Royce who makes the V-22 engines.
Last summer they had several on display at an open house event and then did the flyover for the Nascar race.
That airplane is a friggin’ mechanical nightmare.
God protect anybody who flies on one.
Just try to find ammo. Local WalMart’s been fresh out of 23 mm for months now. BTT
And the gougers on gunbroker are marking it up 300%.
Exactly. The Hummer is nice out in the wide open desert but around here would need a D8 to trailblaze.
Marine Corps mules.
I talked to the clerk at wallyworld this afternoon.
He said they got some in but it was already gone.
I’d reload my own but the brass is sooooo expensive...
and black powder tends to clog the gas system.
That’s one of the reasons I like revolvers so much. I haven’t had to buy brass in years.
Anything is fine.......until the artillery starts to fall.
A friend of mine is a retired CH-47 Chinook pilot. He used to brag that the Chinook was, "the only military aircraft capable of an air to air collision with itself."
His boast was shattered once the Osprey went operational.
They're all 03 Lance Corporals?
Does it have AC and sattllite radio?
It would be less than 1/10th the price. No way the Pentagon would buy 'em again!
I mean I want a “GREEN MACHINE”....(see tagline..lol)
Back in the early 80s the Army realized that none of the incoming kids could drive a stick shift anymore, didn’t want to spend the time training them, and spec’d automatics in everything.
I like my M38 even if it stumbles under high rpms.
Deployed with the US Air Force in the 90s, we had some vehicles with manual transmissions. We just made the young ones drive them while we old farts laughed until they got decent at it!
Not sure I would completely go with an old Jeep, but it wouldn’t take much to upgrade it and still have a reasonable price and performance. Don’t get me started on the F-35 vs upgrades for F-16s/F-15s (my job prior to retiring).
Yeah you got gadget-happy desk jockeys writing all the specs.
And the prime contractors and sub contractors (I worked for one) are more than happy to throw more items on the bill.
We loved those mules the Army got from the Marines. Darn near climb a wall like the M37 3/4 ton trucks.
Are those things armored?
I saw an old video of German movies when they were moving into Russia. there were Russian shells hitting about once ever 5 to 10 seconds apparently aimed at the bridges, and Engineers.
He said they were completely safe from the Russian artillery in their tanks but the engineers (he called them sappers) had nothing but their helmets to protect them and they were there working on the bridge right in the middle of it.
I can only guess the shells were not very powerful as the tanks didn’t look too heavy.
I would rather have this one.
The national Power Wagon rally is in Iowa not far from me. They are some serious iron.
Check at metal recyclers in your area. I bought brass in all calibers of interest for $3.00 per lb.
Where the motor/engine? Looks very handy and cost effective - which is a no no.
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