Boeing Goes The Marvel Route With Naming Of New Stealth Drone

Boeing's experimental unmanned "Phantom Ray" drone is scheduled for testing in 2010. Either Boeing is out of military-sounding code names or it, too, is caught up in the comic book craze that's seized Hollywood.

Surprising no one, the Phantom Menace Ray parent program (X45-C) is funded entirely by DARPA to the tune of $US942 million.

The Ray is designed to do a number of things all by its lonesome, including bombing runs, surveillance and autonomous mid-air refueling. Top speed? 0.85 Mach. Ceiling is 40,000 feet. It can carry 4,500-lbs., which hopefully does not include any chips on its shoulder for its human designers. Unless Jessica Biel is involved. Then by all means go to town. [Boeing, Image]

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    While not techinically incorrect, you're post is a little misleading in the wording of "Surprising no one, the Phantom Menace Ray parent program (X45-C) is funded entirely by DARPA to the tune of $US942 million."

    In actual fact, the DARPA project was canned and Boeing is now continuing work on their base platform that was built as part of the DARPA program on their own as an advanced test-bed combat UAV. Cool stuff.

    surely it does not take a genius to realise the 'phantom' alludes to it's sneaky real-but-not-human-controlled mysteriousness? Secondly the shape is much like a Sting Ray.

    The angle you took for this article - to make fun of the name - is therefore your own ignorance on show more than the lack of imagination from Boeing.

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