This news is fracking awesome!
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, has handed out about $9 million in contracts to develop a flying Humvee.
The aim of the project is to attack enemies from the sky and shuttle wounded soldiers off the battlefield. The program “seeks to combine the advantages of ground vehicles and helicopters into a single vehicle equipped with flexibility of movement,” the Pentagon said.
Apparently one of the requisites is that it can carry at least 1000 pounds and can travel at least 287 miles at a time.
Additionally it will have wings on the side and a rotor on the top, and will be entirely robotic i.e. no humans to pilot it.
Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne have already got the contract to develop the engines for the new Humvee. Five other companies have also been contracted to build the machine over a 12 month development phase. These include AAI Corp. and Lockheed Martin Corp. as the prime contractors.