Half Truck, Half Copter: The Military's New Transformer

January 14, 2014


This is the US military's new Black Knight Transformer. That's a pretty intimidating name for what appears to be a flying shipping crate. Hell, it's not even black. They should have called it the Tan Coptervan. The helicopter rotors do fold in so it's more streamlined when it's in driving mode though, so I guess it's KIND OF a Transformer. Just not one a kid would ever want a toy of.

It utilizes the vertical take off and landing of a helicopter and couples it with the off road driving capabilities of a truck.

And, what's even better, is that this robotic warrior is remote controlled.

The machine was built as part of a U.S. military desire for a 'multi-mission medical and casualty evacuation unmanned air vehicle/unmanned ground vehicle', according to Pop Science.

Dammit, of course it's for medical and casualty evacuations. Now I look like a jerk again. You know, I'm starting to wonder if maybe I don't just occasionally look like a jerk and it's actually more of a full-time thing.

Thanks to Thaylor H, who agrees real Transformers need laser blasters.

  • KLanD

    I'm sorry.. but wouldn't the vertical take off and landing be the best "off road" solution?

    That thing doesn't look like it would take a pothole.

  • dougfunnay

    i dont understand the purpose of the idea

    cant it just fly where it needs to go? why does it need to be able to drive?
    unless this thing needs to go exploring underground caverns and tunnels there doesnt seem to be a purpose for this thing

  • BiggyD!!!

    Agreed, the "couples it with the off road driving capabilities of a truck" part struck me as completely pointless. If it has sky, a helicopter can get there far easier than any truck, so why would you ever put it in 'truck' mode. Just seems like a helicopter where they took off all the armour and guns and used the spare weight capacity to put in some large wheels and a pointless engine... I'd rather keep the guns an armour if its all the same to you.

  • Jared Gonzales

    There isn't always a safe place where a helicopter can land to get to the people who need to be evacuated or rescued are, so it would make sense to land outside the crowded (or impossible) landing area and then drive to the people that need the assistance. From there, you can load up the vehicle and then drive it to a nearby medical facility, or drive out to a safe place to take off first and then fly passengers to where they are needed.

  • So this is the result of a DARPA request for a "Flying Hummer"?

    Seems like the giant skylight for a windshield should maybe be rethought. And then maybe all of the rest of it.

  • Shane Anderson

    Reminds me of the Futurama episode, Fun on a Bun - When zap reveals their "Manned Attack Drones" and they end up getting killed by remote control negligence.

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