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DARPA developing flying car

By T.K. Randall
December 5, 2010 · Comment icon 5 comments



Image Credit: DARPA
DARPA and Terrafugia are developing a flying humvee to be used by troops in Afghanistan.
The remarkable vehicle known as the Transformer (or TX) can work as a conventional road-going transport and then take off in to the air using helicopter rotor blades, it is believed that it could be ready for use by troops as early as 2015.
It would be similar to a Humvee vehicle for patrolling on the ground but could turn into a helicopter at the touch of a button in an emergency. Troops could manoeuvre past lethal roadside bombs, improve resupply operations to remote patrol bases and insert elite Special Forces into Taliban strongholds.


Source: Daily Mail | Comments (5)


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Comment icon #1 Posted by Saru 12 years ago
This has all the hallmarks of a seriously impressive machine and could save many lives on the battlefield however I imagine the price is likely to seriously limit its deployment, I can see it costing a lot more than the £132,000 mentioned in the article.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Darkwind 12 years ago
I agree Saru it is going to take a boat load of money to build it. On top of that it going to have to be too light weight to armored. Might end up being an easy target.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Coffey 12 years ago
This has all the hallmarks of a seriously impressive machine and could save many lives on the battlefield however I imagine the price is likely to seriously limit its deployment, I can see it costing a lot more than the £132,000 mentioned in the article. Well they are saying that if ambushed they can just "take off" and fly away.... OK so I'm guessing it will be a bit more limited than a Chinook in terms of speed and maneuverability..... I'm guessing an RPG would take it out fairly easily? So am I right in thinking this might be a waste of money? I'm sure it would be cheaper to just use a Chin... [More]
Comment icon #4 Posted by David Yates 12 years ago
Obviously, the plan is to be in Afghanistan for the long haul. We should start building flying saucers with particle beam weapons and warp drive soon before the 100 or so Taliban still in the country die of old age and we have to make war on goats and lizards. Actually, the way to "save many lives on the battlefield" is to bring those soldiers home. We're closer to insurrection here than terrorism from there.
Comment icon #5 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: 12 years ago
It's like bringing San Francisco Rush 2049 to life! I always love how awesome original Hummmer looks like. Slapping some wings on this bad boy will make it epic. Yet another reason to get one.


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