Boe­ing Phan­tom Badger cer­ti­fied for V-22 trans­port


Af­ter a se­ries of suc­cess­ful tests, the US Navy has cer­ti­fied that the Boe­ing Phan­tom Badger com­bat sup­port ve­hi­cle can be trans­ported in­side a V-22 Osprey til­tro­tor air­craft. That is an­other step to­wards pro­vid­ing warfight­ers with more op­tions to de­ploy the ver­sa­tile ve­hi­cle.

The tests in­cluded form-fit checks, pres­sure tests and struc­tural eval­u­a­tions ex­ceed­ing four G-forces.

“This cer­ti­fi­ca­tion val­i­dates Phan­tom Badger’s ver­sa­tile de­sign while of­fer­ing the warfighter in­creased bat­tle­field ac­cess and de­ploy­ment op­tions,” said John Chicoli, Pro­gram Man­ager for Boe­ing’s in­ter­nally trans­portable ve­hi­cle pro­gramme. “Phan­tom Badger is de­signed to eas­ily fit in the com­pact space of the V-22 and it is also com­pat­i­ble with many larger air­craft.”

Ten Phan­tom Badgers fit in a C-17 trans­port air­craft and two fit in a C-130 air­craft or CH-47 Chi­nook he­li­copter. Phan­tom Badger has com­pleted more than 8,000 kilo­me­tres of rugged ter­rain dura­bil­ity test­ing and suc­cess­ful air­drop tests from a C-17.

De­vel­oped by Boe­ing Phan­tom Works, Phan­tom Badger sup­ports a wide range of mis­sions not pos­si­ble with ex­ist­ing com­bat sup­port ve­hi­cles. Its rear sec­tion is mod­u­lar and can be quickly changed for mis­sions in­clud­ing re­con­nais­sance, com­bat search and res­cue, ca­su­alty trans­port, di­rect ac­tion with weapons mounts or ex­plo­sive ord­nance dis­posal. This com­bi­na­tion of mod­u­lar­ity, trans­porta­bil­ity and proven all-ter­rain per­for­mance pro­vides in­creased mis­sion flex­i­bil­ity and en­hanced sur­viv­abil­ity.

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