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Boeing introduces new unmanned system

Posted on 10 Apr 2019 and read 1695 times
Boeing introduces new unmanned system Boeing (www.boeing.com) recently unveiled its latest unmanned platform, designed for global defence customers by Boeing Australia.

Representing the company’s largest investment in a new unmanned-aircraft programme outside of the USA, the Boeing Airpower Teaming System will complement and extend airborne missions through ‘smart teaming’ with existing military aircraft; the first flight is planned for 2020.

A model of was unveiled at the Australian International Airshow by Christopher Pyne, Australia’s Minister for Defence. The Australian government and Boeing will produce a concept demonstrator called the Loyal Wingman —
Advanced Development Program.

Kristin Robertson, general manager of Boeing Autonomous Systems, said: “With its ability to reconfigure quickly and perform different types of missions in tandem with other aircraft, our newest addition to Boeing’s portfolio will truly be a force multiplier, as it protects and projects air power.”

It will provide a fighter-like performance, being 38ft long and able to fly more than 2,000 nautical miles; it has integrated sensor packages on-board to support intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions (plus electronic warfare); it uses artificial intelligence to fly independently or in support of manned aircraft, while maintaining safe distances between other aircraft.

Marc Allen, president of Boeing International, said: “This aircraft is a historic endeavour for Boeing. Not only is it developed outside the USA, it is also designed so that our global customers can integrate local content to meet their country-specific requirements.

"The Boeing Airpower Teaming System provides a transformational capability in terms of defence; our customers — led by Australia — effectively become partners on the programme, with the ability to grow their own sovereign capabilities to support it, including a high-tech workforce.”