In Images: Vertical-Flight Military Planes Take Off

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Credit: Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation

The U.S. military is investing in manned and unmanned aircraft that can take off, hover and land vertically. These so-called vertical takeoff and landing…Read More »

(VTOL) vehicles could one day transport troops, weapons or cargo to and from the battlefields.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) — the branch of the U.S. Department of Defense tasked with developing new technologies for the military — is fostering the development of new helicopter-type vehicles as part of its VTOL X-Plane program.

This design, submitted by Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, was one of four chosen to receive funding from DARPA for the first phase of the VTOL X-Plane program.

Here are photos of other military vehicles designed to take off and land vertically.

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