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Tests by the US special forces of a radical, new-technology robot helicopter equipped with a radar intended to penetrate jungle canopies from above, have been terminated after a trials aircraft crashed in Belize. The A160T unmanned helicopter equipped with FORESTER radar. Credit: Boeing If the imperial stormtroopers had had …


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  1. Barracoder

    Just Kill It!

    Since when did Nike start building BlackOps kit?

  2. mafoo

    This is why..

    ...if you spend millions on experimental hardware - you build 2 of them.

    1. Brutus

      Or possibly at least six

      since this would appear to be the latest in a line of prangs. It would be interesting to know how many of these prototypes/test craft they have flying if they've managed to crash six but are going to carry on with the program.

  3. JaitcH

    Are they wonder if Boeing ...

    gives a warranty that these things will fly or whether these crashes will simply lead to further orders.

    Imagine this aircraft's vulnerability if it was operating in a theatre of war! I guess helicopters are a little more complex to fly than six when it roams are in Pakistan.

    1. Big-nosed Pengie


      Say that again?

  4. Anonymous Coward


    90 per cent of the objectives of the Belize trials had been met

    But the sadly the 10% of objectives left unmet included the ability to remain airborne.

    1. pershbot
      Paris Hilton

      10% of objectives would be....

      the ability to land without breaking!

      Paris because she always knows what to do on landing.

  5. lglethal Silver badge

    This raises the philosophical question...

    ... If a US Special Ops stealthy whirlybird crashes in the forest, and there's nobody left alive to hear it, does it make sound?

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Best subtitle yet

    "Jungle man-sniff radar spybird totalled in prang" - wizard!

    I just wonder if I can work it into a conversation.

  7. Kingprawn

    This is just a chopper for....

    ....the rich into dogging!

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Big Brother


    Since when have the Americans owned Belize? Somebody tell Lord Ashcroft!

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