The aircraft manufacturer Boeing has unveiled a prototype of the military drone Loyal Wingman. This is the first aircraft designed and manufactured in Australia in 50 years..
The joint project between Boeing and the Royal Australian Air Force is equipped with an artificial intelligence system, which significantly expands the range of its capabilities. Its length is 11.6 m, and its maximum flight range is 3700 km..
Production of one Loyal Wingman cost the Australian government in $ 40 million. The first batch includes three drones, but by the middle of the decade Boeing plans to establish full-scale serial production.
Currently, the prototype is undergoing ground tests, and the first flight should take place only by the end of 2020..
According to the RAF, the Loyal Wingman will form the backbone of a new Combined Air Force System, joining a fleet of manned aircraft to assist in various missions..
We also previously reported that US fighters will soon be able to control a link of slave jet UAVs using artificial intelligence.
text: Ilya Bauer, photo: AAP / Boeing
First prototype of Boeing’s Loyal Wingman drone