Navy certifies 80-mph mini-combat support vehicle      

Enter the Phantom Badger!

The Navy has certified a 240-horsepower combat support vehicle that’s small enough to fit inside a V-22 Osprey.

The Phantom Badger can carry a .50-caliber machine gun or a 40mm automatic grenade launcher bolted to the roll cage, according to Wired, while the rear-facing seats can be equipped with machine guns or replaced with hardware to support resupply or medevac duties.

The vehicle, which looks a lot like a squished Humvee, was developed by Boeing Phantom Works with an assist from Motorsport Innovations. Those guys are known more for their work on the racetrack than the battlefield, and helped Boeing develop an adjustable suspension system tough enough for the rigors of battle. Together they engineered a four-wheel steering system that gives the Badger a 24-foot turning radius.

The vehicle is just 60-inches wide, and it was designed to fit in the cargo hold of a V-22 Osprey—a tilt-rotor…

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