Air Platforms

Boeing's Phantom Badger vehicle cleared for V-22 carriage

07 April 2014
The Phantom Badger vehicle has now been cleared for internal carriage aboard the V-22 Osprey. Source: Boeing

Boeing's Phantom Badger tactical ground vehicle has been certified for internal carriage aboard the Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey tiltrotor, the company announced on 8 April.

The US Navy (USN) certified the vehicle in March, having conducted a series of form-fit checks and pressure tests. Structural evaluations were also conducted to beyond 4 g s.

Since being unveiled in May 2013, the Phantom Badger has completed more than 5,000 miles of rugged terrain durability testing and successful airdrop tests from a Boeing C-17 Globemaster III airlifter. According to Boeing, the C-17 can carry 10 such vehicles, while the CH-47 Chinook helicopter can carry two. As well as being transported internally, the Phantom Badger can be underslung from the V-22 and helicopters.

Boeing and its Motorsport Innovations (MSI) partner have designed the Phantom Badger to leverage commercial off-the-shelf technology into a simple yet capable all-terrain vehicle. The vehicle features four-wheel drive for enhanced manoeuvrability, a removable and interchangeable storage or mission module for tactical flexibility, fully adjustable ride height for comprehensive off-road performance, and parts commonality with existing vehicles for increased sustainability in the field.

Weapon loads include a .50 calibre (12.7 mm) machine gun or 40 mm automatic grenade launcher mounted to the roll cage, and rear facing seats that can also be equipped with 7.62 mm general purpose machine guns and other squad weapons. Alternatively, this rear crew area can be outfitted with a modular mission bay, for roles such as casualty evacuation, which can be installed in under 30 minutes.

In October 2013 the US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) disclosed that it had chosen the General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems (GD OTS) Flyer Advanced Light Strike Vehicle (ALSV) over the Phantom Badger for its V-22 Internally Transportable Vehicle (ITV) contract. However, at that time Boeing officials told IHS Jane's that the company was continuing with development, saying; "We have the best, most affordable solution for the warfighter, and the Boeing-MSI team is prepared to deliver a superb combat support vehicle that exceeds every customer expectation .... Boeing continues to see considerable domestic and international interest in Phantom Badger".



(349 words)
By posting a comment you confirm that you have read and accept our Posting Rules and our Terms of Use of this site.

RELEVANT PROFILE LISTINGS

  • CFM Air

    Company specialises in development and prototyping; latest known own design is the Dardo, which flew in July 2014. At that time, CFM had not decided whether to sell the project to a manufacturer or to establish its own production line.

  • CFM Air Dardo

    Type Two-seat lightplane. Programme Exhibited, unflown, at Aero '14, Friedrichshafen, April 2014. First flight (unregistered) at Turin Aeritalia aerodrome on 16 July 2014, flown by Maurizio Cheli. Design Features Intended to have widest cockpit of any Advanced Ultralight, able to accommodate

  • Martin

    Company established in 1998 to develop Jetpack exoskelitor flying vehicle inspired by-and intended to surpass-impractical 1950s projects. In December 2008, received grant of NZD968,430 from New Zealand government's Foundation for Research, Science and Technology. Flight testing and fundraising was

  • Martin Jetpack

    Type Exoskelitor flying vehicle. Programme Developed, in secret, over 27 years by Mr Martin, who built 11 prototypes up to time of international debut at AirVenture, Oshkosh, 29 July 2008. Martin Model P11 (11th prototype) registered ZK-JME on 20 April 2011; on 21 May 2011, flying in UAV mode,

  • Niki

    Established in present form 2010, although first product was helicopter designed 10 years earlier, this failing to achieve production. Niki 2004 two seat autogyro project began in 2004, constructed of composites, combined with plywood and aluminium, and flight-tested (registered A21NIN) in December

ADVERTISEMENT

Industry Links

IHS Jane's is not responsible for the content within or linking from Industry Links pages.
ADVERTISEMENT