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DARPA's Transformer drone evolves beyond its Humvee heritage

• dvice.com
  Now, what began as a Humvee that looked like the folks over at Terrafugia got their hands on it, has re-emerged as a sleek, modular drone for tomorrow's military.

The new drone is called ARES, short for Aerial Re-configurable Embedded System, and it has certainly undergone a bit of an overhaul since its initial design. A new artist's rendering of ARES depicts a modular, futuristic helicopter drone that has completely shed its wheels and ground transport origins. DARPA is also reporting that the new ARES is a vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) drone capable of transporting up to four troops and their gear in a single trip.

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