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February 23, 2011

Future Protected Vehicle (FPV)

BAE Systems' Raider unmanned skirmisher was inspired by the Tumbler, the latest iteration of the Batmobile.

Stuart Nathan interviews Hisham Awad, Future Protected Vehicles project leader for BAE Systems.

What, the Batmobile in Batman Begins and The Dark Knight?

‘Yes, that one. You see, it turns like a motorbike and it has the same wheel configuration.’

Yes, yes, but you’re basing a future fighting vehicle on something you saw in a film?

‘Well, why not?’ Awad replied. ‘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?’

Posted by Ghost of a flea at February 23, 2011 06:57 AM