SilentHawk – Special Forces Get Deadly Silent Motorcycle

SilentHawk - Special Forces get deadly silent motorcycle 1

Two wheel drive, hybrid technology, and 250 km range

It can run on petrol, diesel and even jet fuel. That’s when it doesn’t go in the all-electric Stealth mode which makes it a bit louder than a deadly whisper. 

The Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is funding the SilentHawk project – a stealth dirt bike than can enable special forces to operate in hostile terrain. 

SilentHawk features a hybrid engine that can run on petrol, diesel and even jet fuel. It also comes with an electric engine and batteries for stealth operation and a two-wheel drive system. 

According to its creators, when running in electric mode, the loudest sound is made by the chain – 55 dB – the volume of a conversation. 

The estimated range is over 270 km, and the maximum speed is 128 kph. The weight – 158 kg. 

Besides the SilentHawk, there is one more similar project called Nightmare that features the same characteristics – two-wheel-drive and hybrid technology. Unlike the SilentHawk, this one comes with a belt instead of a chain. This final transmission choice makes it more silent, but the belt drive is not the best option for rough terrain use. 

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Both products were presented as prototypes.

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