Hope they remeber to place the turbine exhausts *carefully*
Just one of the X22 design "issues"
But it does open the envelope of airborne vehicles a bit.
The Israeli designers of a radical flying jeep style vertical-takeoff-and-landing "fancraft" have announced long-belated flight tests. However, the trials of the pilotless "AirMule" have so far seen the aircraft tethered and restricted to just two feet off the ground. The AirMule in initial hover testing. Credit: Urban Aero …
Will it be resistant to RPGs in these urban environments?
Could be ideal for your urban fighter, pin down a combat unit and then have them order in a medivac skyjeep... Allow it to land pick up wounded, then allow it to rise to a optimum hieght and then bang! AvGas and shrapnel from now defunft skyjeep rains down on the rest of the unit in the concrete canyons!
I think some .50 cals or other weapons suitable to an urban fire fight are guaranteed, and probably some others that are overkill for urban conflicts. Like the Israelis really care about non-Israeli casualties.
Good tech though, and I'm glad to see its being developed into something usable.
Indeed, so rich oil sheikhs could use it to queue jump the lifts on the 'Burj Khalifa'.
You could be off the tower and on your mega yacht before mere millionaires had reached their penthouses!?
paris, as she would like the would largest erection...
Seems to me like this'll have the same problem as any "flying car", namely the question of what happens when you lose the engine.
A Harrier has wings, so it's entirely possible to glide to a moderately-unsafe landing, or at least to steer it somewhere other than the middle of a city before you eject. And helicopters are designed to autorotate, using the air resistance of the spinning rotor as a parachute (in fact they can't be certified airworthy if they can't autorotate). The problem with this beasty is that its rotor disk is tiny - there's no way it's going to autorotate to a safe landing. So if you lose the engine, gravity sucks.
Admittedly the V-22 Osprey is going ahead even though it's unable to glide or autorotate, so this wouldn't be the first time that the military have overruled safety for gadgetry. Still doesn't make it a good idea though.