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A160T demonstrates USMC resupply capability

written by australianaviation.com.au | March 22, 2010
The A160T Hummingbird during its sling-load cargo demonstration. (Boeing)
The A160T Hummingbird during its sling-load cargo demonstration. (Boeing)

An unmanned Boeing A160T Hummingbird has successfully demonstrated its ability to meet the US Marine Corp’s vertical unmanned resupply capability requirement during a demonstration in Utah on March 9-11.

Boeing says the A160T met or exceeded all of the USMC’s requirements, including delivering at least 1250kg of cargo from one simulated forward-operating base to another 75nm away in well under the required six hours, and carrying 625kg sling loads over two 270km round trips, with the A160T operating autonomously on a pre-programmed mission.

The 11m long A160T has already demonstrated an unrefuelled endurance of more than 18 hours and its ability to hover at 20,000 ft.

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