Flying Humvees

Discussion in 'The Intelligence Cell' started by JoeCivvie, Oct 22, 2010.

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  1. This harks back to the British Hafner Rotabuggy Flying Jeep in 1942.
  2. I imagine the difficult part will be developing the system that detects roadside bombs at a distance of half a mile, giving it enough space to take off. And the maximum load will be that of a light aeroplane.

    Anyone else think that it'll end up as a four wheel helicopter that only uses its wheels for getting in and out of hangars?
  3. My tax dollars at work FFS!!
  4. Jesus, save us from DARPA's boffins. they be putting big springs on the M1151's next so we can hop over IED's like Metal Kangaroos.....
  5. Does it actually mean driving along a road, then flying to avoid the IEDs on detection, or just fly in general to avoid the IEDs, and be able to drive?

    Will you be able to drive it on a normal driving licence, and will they be giving these to the same people that drive normal Humvees in the US forces?
  6. They should just put some wheels on a huey.

  7. Biped

    Biped LE Book Reviewer

    It'll be really cool if they can do what puttees said and train grunts and cooks to fly, and navigate in the air, and use the correct radio procedure, and most of all, avoid feeling the need to brass up any passing UK personnel they might come across as they fly their car about the place.
  8. What a splendid idea ... about time there was a replacement for those out of date jet packs we were all going to be using in the 1980's.
  9. Is it April 1st, have I missed something? What a waste of money.
  10. It's US money. What we need to consider is how to get our hands on some of it. Obviously they'll need trailers - are Hamilcar still about?.
  11. jim24

    jim24 Book Reviewer

    Did not the rocket powered ditch jumping Bren gun Carrier kill all it's crew in trials.
  12. Thankfully the boffins at Qinetiq are on the case.
    Despite being seven years behind schedule and £5.63m over budget they are confident that with some "up-armouring" the solution is in sight.

  13. FFS,OpSec man!
  14. Lovely bit of kit. . . . :shock:

    But how many GI's will be confident to fire up the rotors and fly-off after a single contact?

    All that kit (even if the prototype even half looks like the picture) looks mighty vulnerable to SAA fire.