• Dec 29, 2010

It seems that Hollywood may be on to something after all. According to Hisham Awad, Future Protected Vehicles project leader for British defense contractor BAE Systems, the Raider unmanned skirmisher was inspired by the Batmobile, or, more specifically, the Tumbler from the two most recent Batman flicks starring Christian Bale.
"Well, why not? In all seriousness, we decided that we didn't have a monopoly on inspiration, and if we saw something in a film that we thought might be a good idea, why not take a look at it and see if there's something practical we can develop?"
That's a sound argument. "It turns like a motorbike and it has the same wheel configuration," says Awad, though we also note a somewhat more conspicuous machine gun up top. Apparently, such a Hollywood/military connection isn't all that rare – today's troop carriers are said to be modeled after James Cameron's armored vehicles from Aliens.

So, what's next? Awad reportedly mentioned the The Green Hornet's Black Beauty. Anybody got Kato on speed dial?

[Source: The Engineer via CrunchGear]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      looks like it'd work wonders if all our enemies were at the ends of paved roads
        • 4 Years Ago
        "armed with slicks to destroy the track..."
        • 4 Years Ago
        I thought that, great for a super smooth shopping centre but not much use up the rocky 'Khyber Pass' in Afghanistan. Whats wrong with unmanned Flying Drones?

        Tanks are great only in a battle against another tank but in gorilla warfare you need foot soldiers to support as well. Perhaps that's the new NATO policy make the Taliban laugh themselves to death?

        Afghan Government Corruption, IEDs, Poppy Growing and Countries with Insurgent Training Camps are the problem and can't be solved making a 'Robocop' based on a electric invalidity scooter.

        Time to talk I reckon.
      • 4 Years Ago
      i hope the military gets inspired by gundam sometime in the near future.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Notice the Tumbler doesn't have front overhang and the wheelbase is short relative to the tire size.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's all fun and games until someone paints a red star on the turret.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So is this what will be mowing our families down when SkyNet becomes sentient?
        • 4 Years Ago
        We at skynet prefer the term 'cleaning up' it seems to be more sanitary
      • 4 Years Ago
      Pew-pew-pew! Pew-pew-pew!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice looking piece of hardware, but nothing new. The company that makes the Roomba Vacuum Robot, already makes a fighting droid. It is also used to disarm or destroy IEDs. This is much meaner looking though.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Observation, I hope they have wheel suitable for rough terrain, or will this thing only be capable of fighting at a race track near you.