Military Flying Car to Be Built by Terrafugia
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Called the Transformer (TX) program, the development of the vehicle has been handed to Terrafugia, the company behind probably the world's single existing and potentially successful frying car for civilian use, the Transition. Terrafugia will work as a sub-contractor to Textron Systems' AAI.
The contract awarded to the company is worth $65 million and calls for the first prototypes to be developed by the first quarter of 2015. According to the DARPA requirements, the vehicle would have to be able to travel 280 miles by land and air, using vertical take-off and landing to increase access to
It will be used by the US military for medical evacuation, avoidance of improvised explosive devices, remote resupply, and Special Forces insertion.
"This DARPA program effectively leverages Terrafugia's core competencies and enables us to grow from a pure GA company to an emerging aerospace company with both general aviation and defense development programs,” said Terrafugia CEO Carl Dietrich.
“Our strong team of Terrafugia engineers with recent experience designing and building a dual purpose vehicle will bring a unique perspective to the TX program that is highly valued by DARPA and the other contractors on our TX team."
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