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DARPA advances Boeing’s Phantom Swift

28th August 2014 - 11:13 GMT | by Jonathan Tringham in London

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Boeing’s ‘Phantom Swift’ prototype for DARPA’s VTOL Experimental Aircraft (X-Plane) programme has advanced to the next stage of development. 

Valued at $130 million, the VTOL X-Plane project represents a 52 month effort to design and develop an experimental aircraft that flies faster than 300 knots, with a hover efficiency of 75 percent or better and a cruise lift-to-drag ratio of ten or more.

DARPA has promoted Boeing’s Phantom Swift X-Plane prototype through to the Phase 1B Technology Maturation stage of the competition, according to an announcement on 27 August. 

Under the new contract, valued at $9.3 million, Boeing will …

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