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PostSubject: Flying Humvee!   Fri Sep 03, 2010 6:59 am

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The race to build the world's first flying military jeep just moved a step closer to the finish line.

The Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has selected two companies to proceed with the next stage of its Transformer, known as TX—a fully automated four-person vehicle that can drive like a car and then take off and fly like an aircraft to avoid roadside bombs.

Lockheed Martin and AAI Corp., a unit of Textron Systems, are currently in negotiations with DARPA for the first stage of the Transformer project, several industry sources told Popular Mechanics at a robotics conference here in Denver. DARPA has not announced the official winners yet.

It's unclear how many companies competed for the DARPA project, but the competition brought together an unusual mix of large defense companies with smaller aviation firms vying to build the vertical takeoff and landing craft. Perhaps most surprising—and for some competitors galling— is that DARPA selected a rotor-based aircraft for one of the two winning submissions. At an industry day held earlier this year, DARPA officials had initially said they weren't interested in a traditional rotary-wing aircraft, though they might consider a vehicle if the rotor was shrouded.

AAI's winning concept does not have a shrouded rotor, but it is also far from being a traditional helicopter. The company, which produces the Shadow unmanned aerial vehicle, is basing its proposal in part on the slowed-rotor/compound concept, a technology that uses rotor blades heavily weighted in the tips, or high inertia. The rotor provides lift on takeoff, and then as it gains speed, the rotor slows down and the wings provide lift.

Lockheed Martin has declined to detail any aspect of its submission, but those familiar with the Phantom Works project speculated that it might combine aspects of the company's Joint Tactical Light Vehicle, a follow-on to the Humvee, with a ducted fan propulsion system that it would use to fly.

The two companies are still a ways away from building flying Humvees; the first stage of the DARPA project is merely working on conceptual designs. The total funding available for Transformer is about $40 million.

(source: FOX NEWS)

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PostSubject: Re: Flying Humvee!   Fri Sep 03, 2010 7:29 am

multi purpose vehicle! tank gunsmilie jetplane
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PostSubject: Re: Flying Humvee!   Fri Sep 03, 2010 10:34 am

Harus dibeli ni, biar senang mau ke mana-mana... tank gunsmilie jetplane
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PostSubject: Re: Flying Humvee!   Sun Sep 05, 2010 6:50 pm

diendy wrote:
multi purpose vehicle! tank gunsmilie jetplane

emangnya innova om? 2funny

@ Remy: bebas macet...

Keren juga ya nih humvee..jadi terbang pake rotor dl pas take off..terus kalo udah di atas pake wing gitu ya?lama2 bikin humvee bisa jadi robot...kaya iron head gitu.... Grin

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PostSubject: Re: Flying Humvee!   Sun Sep 05, 2010 7:49 pm

om momod: hahaha...ember...tapi mobil itu canggih lho...saking canggihnya jadi mahal bgt......hahaha...........klo bisa kayak bumblebee,sy pesen satu thinking
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PostSubject: Re: Flying Humvee!   Sun Sep 05, 2010 7:56 pm

diendy wrote:
om momod: hahaha...ember...tapi mobil itu canggih lho...saking canggihnya jadi mahal bgt......hahaha...........klo bisa kayak bumblebee,sy pesen satu thinking

nanti kalo om punya bisa kaya superman loh...cuma kalo di sini bukan nolong orang yg mau di rampok atau yg sejenis...yg ada ngedorong mobil mogok...manggul jembatan yg udah mau putus...narik m*rpati yg nyungsep ke parit.... 2funny

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PostSubject: Re: Flying Humvee!   Sun Sep 05, 2010 8:00 pm

hahaha....jadi lahan pemasukan baru...ide bagus om momod cool
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