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Phantom Badger certified for V-22

9th April 2014 - 10:38 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


The US Navy has certified the Phantom Badger combat support vehicle for transport within the V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft. A series of successful tests were conducted in support of the certification in March.

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

The certification adds to the transportability of the Phantom Badger. Ten of the vehicles fit in a C-17 transport aircraft and two fit in a C-130 aircraft or CH-47 Chinook helicopter. The vehicle can also be airdropped from a C-17.

The Phantom Badger, manufactured by Boeing, supports a 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.

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

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