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August 31, 2009

U.S. military considering Moller Skycar in Afghanistan?

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What are the chances that American soldiers will soon be ditching their High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles – better known as the HMMWV, Humvee or just the Hummer – for flying Skycars from Moller? Well, let’s just say we’re not holding our breath. Still, there’s apparently at least a few people that think the Skycar would be ideal for military use.

According to Lieutenant Colonel James Thomas, 304th SB, 3rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command, Moller’s vehicles could be very useful in combat:

Poor and unimproved roads and rugged terrain severely limit the use of the [Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle]. The Moller Skycar(R) provides a more cost effective, highly maneuverable, lethal and safe platform for the 21st century soldier to dominate and win in an Asymmetric Warfare Environment. The Skycar(R) will become the MRAP vehicle of Afghanistan. The ability to safely and rapidly employ soldiers on the battlefield enables us to exercise economy of force on the battlefield, doing more with fewer soldiers.

One of Moller’s claims to fame comes from its ethanol-burning Rotapower rotary engines, which it says make lots of power while using little fuel and emitting exhaust that’s sometimes cleaner than the surrounding air. Currently, though, there’s no indication that these engines or the Skycars using them will be in production any time soon. Color us skeptical. Click past the break for the official press release.

[Source: Moller]

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