Osprey meets… erm, ‘Phantom Badger’

I have to admit that my first reaction on receiving a press release titled ‘Boeing Phantom Badger certified for V-22 transport’ made me think: “What the heck is a Phantom Badger?” That’s more down to my lack of knowledge about ground vehicles, but seriously – where did that name come from?

Apparently this is good news for the Osprey though (CV-22 shown with the vehicle in the Boeing shot below), as it can carry the modular vehicle internally. Or if you need to shift more, two will go in a C-130 or Chinook and 10 in a C-17, according to the company.

Phantom Badger

The V-22/Phantom Badger combination was on show at the Navy League show near Washington DC this week, from where my colleague Jon Hemmerdinger has been filing on the Advanced Super Hornet, P-8, Boeing MSA, AAI Aerosonde Mk 4.7 – and on the Osprey’s international sales prospects. We’re still waiting though to find out whether the US Navy will issue its eagerly anticipated request for proposals for the UCLASS project this week.

But back to the Phantom Badger: what other frankly weird product names spring to mind? There’s probably any number of spooky C-130 variants, along with Rivet Joints, Speckled Trouts and so on – what have you got, folks?


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7 Responses to Osprey meets… erm, ‘Phantom Badger’

  1. Sam 10 April, 2014 at 9:47 am #

    Wild Weasel?

  2. Doug 10 April, 2014 at 1:00 pm #

    Hairy Buffalo?

  3. Ed 10 April, 2014 at 9:38 pm #

    They should have gone for “Raging Beaver” instead. Fingers crossed that that’s the name for the vehicle’s follow-up.

    • Remarkable Kanoodle 13 April, 2014 at 5:23 pm #

      How about just “Badger”? Or better yet, “Jeep 2″.

  4. adammudhen 11 April, 2014 at 3:45 am #

    Well, the “Phantom” part comes from Boeing’s design house, Phantom Works, as they designed the vehicle and badgers have a bit of a reputation for being tenacious and rough…..BUT it’s still a stupid name. Surely something with an ‘X’ in it or ’2.0′ would have been better. :D

  5. puppethead 16 April, 2014 at 12:37 pm #

    Honey badgers have more of the sort of reputation a kickass military vehicle may wish for in their enemies’ minds…

  6. adingo 16 April, 2014 at 3:01 pm #

    Recent Boeing prototyping efforts have been: Phantom Ray, Phantom Eye, Phantom Phoenix, Phantom Badger… it’s marketing/branding.

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