The A160 Turbine Hummingbird

The A160 Turbine (A160T) Hummingbird made by Boeing reached two key milestones one passing 100 hours in flight the second getting its transmission to change gears in flight. Boeing performed the tests under a $5 million bridge contract with the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

The A160T Hummingbird is 35 feet long with a 36-foot-diameter rotor and has reached speeds of up to 142 knots to date. What roles it will play in the United States Military are still unclear but with many attachments for unmanned vehicles already available this new Hummingbird could be very lethal.

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