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tartare 27th Feb 2019 03:03

Loyal wingman - new drone revealed by Boeing in Australia
Well well.
I knew there were all sorts of classified things things going on out in the GAFA.
But this is very interesting.
I wonder what other secrets Woomera is currently hiding.

https://www.smh.com.au/business/comp...27-p510ky.htmlAustralian designed and built autonomous drones could fly alongside RAAF aircraft acting as a “wingman” that would take enemy fire or increase attack firepower, if a research program revealed by aerospace giant Boeing takes off.

More pix and detail here:

The company and the federal government on Wednesday revealed the until-now secretive program that has been underway for several years in Brisbane.

Defence Minister Christopher Pyne said the federal government would invest $40 million over four years to develop a test model of what would be the first new Australian-backed military aircraft since World War II. [img]https://static.ffx.io/images/$zoom_0.322%2C$multiply_1%2C$ratio_1.776846%2C$width_1059%2C $x_31%2C$y_47/t_crop_custom/w_375/q_86%2Cf_auto/635e04ead3a8a612ed4bbb965db24ee73d34251c A model of the unmanned Boeing Airpower Teaming System which was unveiled at the Australian International Airshow, Avalon, Victoria on Wednesday.

Dubbed the Boeing Airpower Teaming System, or “Loyal Wingman”, Boeing expects to build and test a concept model of the almost 12-metre armed and unmanned aircraft in Australia in 2020.

Between four and 16 of the drones, guided with artificial intelligence, would accompany military aircraft - including Australia’s F-35, Hornet, Super Hornet, Growler, Poseidon and Wedgtail jets – to expand their attacking power and range.

The drones, unveiled at the Avalon Airshow near Geelong on Wednesday, would also serve as an expendable shield that would take fire when under attack.

“You just extend your reach because you’ve got a team of these systems that fly alongside you that you’re in command of,” said Shane Arnott, a director of Boeing’s defence and security research arm.

“The air commander or the operator can take increased risk because you haven’t got a person in this particular platform. So as you go into the higher threat environment it’s better for one of these to take a hit than it is for a manned platform.”

Dr Arnott said demand from customers would determine whether the Wingman would go into production, and that other militaries were already showing interest. [img]https://static.ffx.io/images/$zoom_0.421%2C$multiply_1%2C$ratio_1.776846%2C$width_1059%2C $x_241%2C$y_49/t_crop_custom/w_375/q_86%2Cf_auto/ba59db7ac68f10f59ebd13fd71f95da43e43a78c Defence Minister Christopher Pyne said the federal government would invest $40 million over four years to develop a test model.CREDIT:ALEX ELLINGHAUSEN

"One of the reasons we’ve done this in Australia... [is] there’s a lot of space for us to go and fly and try, and fail, and hopefully succeed,” he said.

If it goes into production, Boeing said it intended to build the drones somewhere in Australia, which Mr Pyne said would bring significant opportunities to export the Wingman to other Five Eyes military partners.

“This is the first aircraft concept that Australia has invested in, in the military, since the Boomerang [fighter aircraft] in 1942 to ’45,” Mr Pyne said.

“But more importantly it’s the decision by the government to invest in the capability here in Australia - our own ingenuity, or own innovation, supporting Australian research and development.”

However Mr Pyne said the program was years away from possible exports or the drones entering Australia’s military arsenal.

Boeing developed the Loyal Wingman concept and pitched to the Australian government and RAAF.

“Boeing, like many other corporations around the world… recognised that Australia was taking seriously the largest build up in our military capability in peace time history, and all of those companies are interested in being part of that story," he said.

ShyTorque 27th Feb 2019 05:35

Interesting hope that the dumb wingman would attract fire. My military training was always to shoot the leader first, so it might have the opposite effect.

cattletruck 27th Feb 2019 08:57

Was talking to the designers of this a few years ago, they had a simple idea of using a drone launched from an Apache helicopter to do forward reconnaissance and then retreat behind the battle line only to be picked up on the way home after ordinances were dispatched. The product was already quite well developed, but these things take a lot of time to test/certify.

chopper2004 4th May 2020 23:17

Boeing unveiling video
Here it is As Boeing related this video a few minutes back


Lyneham Lad 6th May 2020 14:23

Article/video/photo on Flight Global.

Boeing Australia plans to unveil its first Airpower Teaming System unmanned air vehicle (UAV) on 5 May, when it presents the aircraft to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).

The Airpower Teaming System is Boeing’s first attempt to build a loyal wingman, a UAV designed to protect and assist manned fighters. The manufacturer plans to build three examples of the prototype aircraft for Canberra.

Boeing aims to manufacture the Airpower Teaming System as an attritable aircraft – a UAV cheap enough to be lost during combat without breaking the bank.
Surely a contradiction in terms! https://www.pprune.org/images/smilies/wink2.gif

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ORAC 13th May 2020 06:43

USAF to buy Skyborg drones for testing ? Alert 5

USAF to buy Skyborg drones for testing

The U.S. Air Force will soon start procuring drones for its Skyborg program with a goal of selecting winning designs by end of the summer.

The new program executive officer for fighters and advanced aircraft, Col. Dale White, told Air Force Magazine the service will begin soliciting for bids this month.Kratos Defense’s XQ-58A Valkyrie is expected to participate in the competition as well as Boeing with its loyal wingman concept that it is designing for Australia.

The final design is expected to enter service by the end of 2023.

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ORAC 18th Aug 2020 08:49

rattman 2nd Mar 2021 07:16

Loyal wingman just completed its first test flight

tartare 2nd Mar 2021 08:49

Wow - impressive.
Interesting to see those YF-23 type `tailevators'.

ORAC 5th Apr 2021 21:41


Valkyrie drone launches even smaller drone from inside payload bay

WASHINGTON — The Kratos XQ-58A Valkyrie drone successfully launched an even smaller unmanned aircraft from inside its internal weapons bay on March 26, the U.S. Air Force announced Monday.

During the Valkyrie’s sixth flight test at Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona, it opened its payload bay doors during flight for the first time and released an ALTIUS-600, a small, tube-launched autonomous drone made by Area-I, a Georgia-based company that designs unmanned aerial systems.....

ALTIUS-600 can be launched for a variety of missions, including electronic warfare, signals intelligence, counter-UAS, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, and it can be outfitted to produce kinetic effects. It can weigh up to 27 pounds — including a 6-pound payload stored in its nose — and has an endurance of about four hours, according to Area-I.

Both Kratos and Area-I worked with the Air Force Research Laboratory to develop software and fabricate a carriage that would allow the Valkyrie to release the ALTIUS-600, the lab said in a release.

Once the launch of the ALTIUS system was finished, the Valkyrie completed additional tests geared toward expanding the aircraft’s flight envelope, the lab said....

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