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Loyal Wingman weight-on-wheels milestone


April 14, 2020
By Wings Staff


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Boeing Australia adds two more 2020 milestones on the Royal Australian Air Force’s Loyal Wingman program. (Boeing photo)

Boeing Australia recently achieved two more milestones on the Royal Australian Air Force’s Loyal Wingman – Advanced Development Program, including weight on wheels and aircraft power on.

These development milestones for the unmanned aircraft come after completion of the first fuselage in February 2020, allowing for rapid progress on systems installation and functional and integration testing from the aircraft’s own landing gear.

“We’re continuing at pace toward our goal of flying later this year, so that we can show our customer and the world what unmanned capability like this can do,” said Dr. Shane Arnott, program director of the Boeing Airpower Teaming System. “The strong contributions from our industry team are powering our progress.”

Boeing explains its Australian team has applied digital engineering and advanced composite materials to achieve cost and agility goals for the 38-foot (11.7-metre) aircraft, which is designed to use artificial intelligence in teaming with other manned and unmanned platforms.

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