The U.S Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has been well renowned for its futuristic projects, with which the agency tries to provide a technological edge to the U.S armed forces. The latest creation to have come for DARPA, is a twin rotor combat vehicle designed by Texas based firm, AVX Aircraft, that can not only fly in the skies, but can easily transform into an all terrain 4X4 vehicle.
This incredible vehicle has been part of DARPA’s Transformer (TX) program., where in the agency is planning to place bids for combat vehicles that can fulfill the roles of a Helo and that of a ground vehicle. This particular project has specifically been initiated for the US Army’s Armed Aerial Scout outfit and AVX Aircraft has proposed to convert the currently serving OH-58 Kiowa Warrior combat helos into a multipurpose transformative vehicle. The prototype designed by the company has been given coaxial rotors and duct fans and this incredible vehicle is claimed to reach an impressive 80 mph on ground and can easily attain speeds up to 140 mph while in its helicopter form, all the while cruising at an altitude of 10,000 feet. The maximum range of this multipurpose combat vehicle is said to be 250 miles.
As per AVX Aircraft, the multipurpose vehicle can transform either way in just 60 seconds, that includes the unfolding of the rotor blades.