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Frontiers September 2013 Issue

18 BOEI NG FRONTIERS / SEPTEMBER 2013 for a vehicle than can be transported inside a V-22. The V-22, built by Boeing and partner Bell, has a unique tilt-rotor configuration that gives it the capability to cruise like a fixed-wing aircraft but take off and land vertically like a helicopter. It is currently operated by the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Air Force Special Operations, and has been widely used for many types of missions in Afghanistan. “We listened very closely to the customer, and every single element on Phantom Badger was added or removed based on specific input of actual special operators,” Chicoli said. “We intentionally designed it to be rugged—yet affordable—because we want warfighters to trust that it will live a long life inside the demanding and unpredictable world of special operations.” With its powerful hydraulic and suspension systems, he added, Phantom Badger protects warfighters from being buffeted in rougher terrain, alleviating physical exhaustion and keeping them fresh and focused for the fight. Aside from its power and rugged capabilities, one key feature of Phantom Badger is its interchangeable back end for specialized mission modules. The modules are customizable to support a variety of critical missions such as reconnaissance, explosive ordnance disposal, mounted weaponry, combat search and rescue, and transport of injured warfighters. “It ’s mind-boggling to think that this vehicle was just a draw ing on a computer screen six months ago.” — Wyatt Montgomery, lead mechanic for MSI Defense Solutions In tandem with Phantom Works’ rapid prototyping capabilities, Boeing teamed with MSI Defense Solutions to build the Phantom Badger for the Osprey and other cargo aircraft. The North Carolina– based company boasts a rich history with NASCAR and has significant experience in building tactical vehicles. Over the past year, Boeing and MSI designed, built, tested and modified Phantom Badger. The team has conducted hands-on Phantom Badger demonstrations with multiple U.S. customers and has received significant interest internationally as well. “The engineers and technicians at MSI complement Boeing nicely because we can quickly respond to customer input and build small batches of vehicles very economically,” said David Holden, president of MSI Defense Solutions. “With our history on


Frontiers September 2013 Issue
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