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US Army wants hoverbikes, enters into research agreements

Hoverbikes for the US Army?
By: Michael Hatamoto | Science, Space & Robotics News | Posted: Jun 22, 2015 12:30 pm

The US Department of Defense has reached agreements with aeronautics company Malloy Aeronautics and defense contractor SURVICE Engineering to research hoverbikes.



It looks like the US Army Research Laboratory wants to help develop the Hoverbike, which could be used as a reconnaissance tool on the battlefield. The current test model weighs about 600 pounds and is around the equivalent of a small car - and while it can go up to 92 mph, it has only been used while tied to the ground.


The second-generation model can support a rider up to 220 pounds.


"I am pleased to join with SURVICE Engineering and Malloy Aeronautics to announce their partnership on the Hoverbike, which represents a new frontier in aviation," said Maryland Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford. "We are also very excited to welcome Malloy and look forward to working with them to grow their operations in Maryland."




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