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'Transformer' Plane Splits Into 3 When Under Attack

(NEWSER) – If Tom Cruise made a movie that somehow merged his roles in Top Gun, Mission Impossible, and Minority Report, this would be the aircraft he’d be flying. Defense and aerospace company BAE Systems has posted a YouTube video of the “Transformer,” a sophisticated concept plane that’s actually made up of three separate smaller planes, designed to “split apart to quickly adapt to any scenario,” reports Gizmodo. Those scenarios may include an offensive blitz by enemy units, surveillance missions, or a supply delivery to military on the ground. Until their planned breakup, the smaller “sub-aircraft” coast through the air together as one, which saves fuel by reducing drag, explains Mashable.

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