Boeing A160T Hummingbird

A picture of the Boeing A160T Hummingbird

Development of the A160 Hummingbird was begun by the San Diego based company, Frontier Systems, in 1998 under a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) program.  As a UAV, the Hummingbird was intended to provide battlefield support for ground forces without placing a flight crew in danger.  The helicopter was intended to provide cargo deliveries of up to 2,500 pounds, perform reconnaissance missions, act as a communications relay, and provide target acquisition for other aircraft.  The A160 first flew in 2002 and DARPA awarded Frontier Systems a contract for four development aircraft the next year.  Frontier Systems was absorbed by Boeing in 2004 and development of the Hummingbird continued first under Boeing’s Phantom Works and then later as a part of Boeing’s Advanced Systems component.  The A160T is a turbine powered version of the aircraft that first flew in 2007.  The Hummingbird underwent testing at the Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona and performed tropical environment testing in Belize in 2010.  The Hummingbird competed with the Kaman K-MAX for a U.S. Marine contract but did not win.  In 2011, the U.S. Navy cancelled its development contract for the A160 as did the U.S. Army at the end of 2012.  Development of the Hummingbird ceased and the aircraft were sold as surplus.

Main Rotor Diameter

36 ft

Length

35 ft

Weight

6,499 lbs (loaded)

Maximum Speed

160 MPH

Service Ceiling

26,247 ft

Range

1,609 miles

Engine

One Pratt & Whitney PW207D turboshaft with 700 shaft horsepower

Crew


Manufacturer
Boeing

Markings
Boeing Advanced Systems, 2012

Designation
A160T

Serial Number
A18

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