For the first time, Boeing’s Combat Drone Loyal Wingman has made two more milestones by putting the weight of the plane on wheels and powering it on,media reported. Just weeks after the fuselage structure was assembled, the company said it marked a rapid advance in system installation, aircraft landing gear functions and integration testing.
The first of three prototypes of the loyalty aircraft is understood to be being developed for the Royal Australian Air Force ‘s loyal is the Royal Australian Royal Air Force (RAAF) loyalty aircraft, the Royal Advanced Development Program. The company’s goal is to produce a jet-autonomous drone that can go hand in hand with drones and manned fighter jets.
To achieve this, Boeing has formed an alliance with 16 Australian industries, and its ultimate goal is the global market.
The 38-foot (11.7-meter) drone uses digital engineering and advanced composites, including sensors that can be configured to meet customer needs. The fighter, which does not appear to have a cockpit, has a range of up to 2,000 nautical miles (2,301 miles, 3,704 kilometers) and has combat-like performance. Boeing has not announced which offensive weapons it contains, but its drone system will include electronic warfare systems and sensor packs for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions.
“We’re continuing to move forward with our goals for flights later this year so that we can show our customers and the world what unmanned capabilities like this can do,” said Shane Arnott, program director of Boeing’s Air Force Cooperation System. “