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.
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?