Boeing Unveils Prototype That Will “Change the Future of Air Power”
Boeing, one of the world’s biggest aircraft manufacturers, just unveiled a “robust” new plane that will be “changing the future of air power”, reports The Telegraph.
The secret aircraft has a ‘Batmobile’ style, according to a teaser video posted on Twitter of the plane by Phantom Works, Boeing’s advanced design division, which has focused on several highly classified projects.
The aerospace giant’s defense arm teased the new craft, covered in a black cloth.
Changing future air power? Check it out!
— Boeing Defense (@BoeingDefense) December 14, 2017
It was believed to be a radical new craft using advanced electric motors to allow it to land and take off vertically, although others speculated the mystery aircraft is a new space plane, following in the footsteps of Boeing’s X-37B plane.
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Earlier this year Boeing bought Aurora Flight Sciences Corp, which is developing the autonomous, electric-powered and long-flight-duration aircraft for its commercial and military businesses.
Before Boeing’s purchase though, last year Aurora won a contract for more than $89 million for the vertical take off and landing X-plane, the XV-24A LightningStrike VTOL (Vertical Take-Off and Landing) plane for the DARPA design competition.
Aurora has reportedly been developing electric-powered aircraft for long-haul flights for both commercial and military purposes.
But, after piquing our interest with the cryptic post on Twitter, Boeing revealed the mystery aircraft to the world, reports Drive.
It gave the world the first look at its prototype for the US Navy’s MQ-25 Stingray unmanned tanker initiative.
Revealed and ready! #BoeingMQ25 #UAS future @USNavy tanker will extend the range of combat aircraft from the flight deck to the fight!
RELEASE: https://t.co/tkDt0R84zB #MQ25 #PhantomWorks pic.twitter.com/gSgS8xmIRR
— Boeing Defense (@BoeingDefense) December 19, 2017
The Chicago-headquartered firm is now the second entrant in that competition, the other being General Atomics, to offer a look at their full concept and the first to show off an actual working prototype.
On Dec. 19, 2017, Boeing made the full announcement about the new unmanned aircraft from Phantom Works, the company’s secretive design division that is roughly analogous Lockheed Martin’s legendary Skunk Works.
The firm did not say if the drone had internal nomenclature or nickname, as had been the case with its Phantom Ray entry into the Navy’s abortive Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike program, or UCLASS.
Lockheed Martin is now the only remaining participant in the MQ-25 program, also known as the Carrier Based Aerial Refueling System (CBARS), to have not revealed art or images of their entry.
Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
December 19th, 2017
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