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.

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