Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

The US Army is currently developing a hoverbike

armycopter.jpg

Modern warfare looks set to become a lot more like a scene from Return Of The Jedi if this invention comes to production. 

The hoverbike has been a pipe dream of the US Army since the fifties, with top military officials chasing after an effective ways to transport individual soldiers across terrain quickly, safely and quietly. In fact, inventors even gave the idea a shot, and gave the concept a suitably boring working title: 'Tactical Reconnaissance Vehicle'. Not 'Flying Speed Blaster'. Not 'Levitation Destructor 3000'. Not 'Floating Death Beast'. But 'Tactical Reconnaissance Vehicle'. Kinda no surprise, really, that the military lost interest in the project and it dropped off the radar. 

Now, it seems, the dream might be in the process of actually being realised once again. 

Keeping up with the utterly disappointing name thing, the States are going with JTARV for their latest punt at an army hoverbike. Do not get excited as to what JTARV could stand for - it's Joint Tactical Aerial Resupply Vehicle. Not even "Rotor-minator"? Please, someone fire the man in charge of naming cool stuff immediately. 

Regardless of its crappy name, the idea behind the new toy, which is best described as looking like a rectangular quadcopter, is kinda cool. "Anywhere on the battlefield, soldiers can potentially get resupplied in less than 30 minutes," said Army researcher Tim Vong. "We're working with users in the joint community to look at this concept."

You'll catch a glimpse of the beast-in-making at 0:55 in the video below:

Related

castle-furstenstein.JPG

There's bad news about the Nazi Gold Train in Poland

airlander2.jpg

The world's biggest airship just crashed into a field

russia.jpg

Russia is building a terrifying new hypersonic space war plane

Comments

More

Super Mario in Grand Theft Auto is weird and awesome

Who would've thought Mario would get into a knife fight in a park?

by Jamie Carson
18 Jan 2017

The only Vines worth preserving

The most important cultural artefacts of our time

by Tristan Cross
17 Jan 2017

Hurrah: The Nintendo Switch now has a price and release date

Here's everything you need to know about the new console

by Tom Fordy
13 Jan 2017

The best underwater photographs of 2016 are staggeringly beautiful

Aquatic snaps that made a splash

by Dave Fawbert
12 Jan 2017

Using Google Maps actually does ruin your sense of direction

"Make a U-turn where possible"

by Dave Fawbert
11 Jan 2017

Netflix releases 8-bit game featuring Narcos and Stranger Things

Goodbye, productivity.

by Emily Badiozzaman
10 Jan 2017

The original Game Boy is coming back

Time to dust off your Pokemon Red & Blue cartridges

by Jamie Carson
10 Jan 2017

Watch Steve Jobs launch first iPhone 10 years ago

Today marks 10 years since Steve Jobs presented the world with this iconic product, but it could have been so different

09 Jan 2017

The best gadgets to launch at the biggest tech conference in the world

Christmas 2017 can't come early enough

by Joe Ellison
05 Jan 2017

This is why hitting the snooze button is bad for your health

If you snooze, you really do lose

03 Jan 2017