Boeing Gets $9M More to Develop Phantom Swift X-Plane

Phantom SwiftBoeing received a $9 million contract from DARPA to continue developing its Phantom Swift X-Plane, an experimental future vertical lift platform.

 The Phantom Swift has two downward facing fans that allow for vertical take-offs and landings. The forward propulsion for the aircraft comes from wingtip thrusters that propel the Phantom Swift after the lift fans are shutdown.

The Phantom Swift is Boeing’s submission for DARPA’s VTOL X-Plane competition that also includes Aurora Flight Sciences, Karem and Sikorsky. The competition started last year. The four competitors received Phase 1 contracts. The contract Boeing received is a Phase 1B contract. It’s unclear if the other three companies have also received Phase 1B contracts to continue developing their aircraft.

Boeing’s Phantom Swift will measure 13 meters nose to tail and 15 meters from wingtip to wingtip.

The eventual aircraft will be powered by an all-electric drive, but it’s demonstrator will be powered by a General Electric CT7-8 engine.

The goal of the VTOL X-Plane program is to develop an aircraft for the Defense Department that can both hover and still execute high-speed flight. What DARPA hopes to produce is an aircraft that can perform similar to an advanced Osprey.

Requirements for the program state that the X-Plane must achieve a top sustained flight speed of 300 kt to 400 kt.



18 Comments on "Boeing Gets $9M More to Develop Phantom Swift X-Plane"

  1. Got to add the missiles on the wings.

  2. Where does the cargo go… with the placement of those impellers?

  3. All electric drive?
    Are they expecting some amazing battery breakthrough or are we talking about a generator (gas turbine?) providing power for electric motors?
    I can see some possible advantages for tilting electric motors vs turbine engines but the fixed fans too? – wouldn't there be a weight penalty?

  4. Based on this artist's impression it has a very limited cargo space between the rotors.

  5. More Agents of SHEILD toys from Nick Fury & Tony Stark….

  6. Skynet will be pleased with the design

  7. Adapted from comic book,or new blimp?

  8. $9,000,000 for a toy RC!? But alas, the DoD will have to build a less stealthy version for export, and the Marines will want a VSTOL variant.

  9. Thunderbirds are GO!

  10. I'm surprised the article didn't mention the speed at which the test design was built with rapid prototyping. 30 days from drawing to flying model.

  11. I promised you more information about Kane and NOD but we need you to take the Phantom Swift into action asap.

  12. A tedious design. We already have an aircraft that can accomplish all this the f-35. And it handles like a cargo plane too

  13. As posted already we have the F 35 technology why not use that we only spent billions developing it. Oh I forgot the F35 is billions over budget any no matter what model you look at nothing works. So lets do the same thing all over again. What's that definition
    of insanity?

  14. ChristopherS | August 29, 2014 at 5:51 pm |

    This might be good for CAS Aircraft with 360 weapons such as the Remote Guardian System with a 20mm/30mm cannon or an air based version of the RIM-116. Otherwise It would have to be the size of an C-130 if they wanted it to do the same job as a Blackhawk.

  15. More research for the sake of funding.

  16. Look like one of those hunter killer platform from Sky Net.

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  18. Looks like an UAS vice a manned platform. Cargo might be slung underneath rather than carried inside???

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