U.S. Army’s AT Black Knight Transformer vehicle = Drone + Helicopter + Truck + Transformer
It can move on the ground like a robust armored vehicle, fly in the air like a helicopter and have the swiftness of an unmanned drone. Yes, this prospect military vehicle will lead the convoy of U.S Army in the future and minds behind this AT Black Knight Transformer vehicle are Advanced Tactics Inc. (aerospace company). Deemed as the world’s first roadable Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) aircraft it has completed driving tests in December 2013 at Southern California and this futuristic vehicle combines the abilities of a helicopter perfectly with an off-road vehicle that can traverse any surface with ease.
The project is managed by U.S. Army Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center with funding from a congressional earmark in 2009 and is a part of the U.S. Army’s Multi-Mission Medical and Casualty Evacuation Unmanned Air Vehicle / Unmanned Ground Vehicle mission. In the making for almost three years now, the vehicle design is focused for autonomous casualty evacuation, medical supply, and manned/unmanned cargo resupply missions.
The interior of this unmanned vehicle is almost as big as that of the Blackhawk helicopter and makes it ideal for transporting cargo to extreme locations too. Since the vehicle is unmanned therefore it reduces risk of human causality in case it gets hit by enemy missile for example. The design of this vehicle is highly modular which facilitates in fast repair and the fact that automobile portion of AT Black Knight Transformer can be replaced with a boat or hull for water operation makes it even more useful.
To enhance the power of this multi-purpose vehicle turbo diesel engines and aerodynamic enhancement are in place so that there is payload capacity of over 1,000 lbs or 5 passengers. When in the final stage of testing the aircraft will have speed of 130 kts and on the road it will cruise at speeds of 70 mph.