In four demonstration flights at the Patuxcent River Naval Air Station in Maryland, Boeing and the U.S. Navy successfully piloted two EA-18G Growler drones,media reported. According to Boeing, the latest demonstration is part of the Naval Operations Development Command’s annual Fleet Test (FLEX) exercise to demonstrate the f/A-18 Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler’s ability to use unmanned systems for combat missions.
Most details have been released, though, but the demonstration appears to be related to Boeing’s Airpower Teaming system. It is understood the system is currently working with the Australian government to develop and produce a combat-like drone. The e-combat version of the EA-18G Growler-F/18F Super Hornet with similar technology.
Tom Brandt, head of demonstration steam for Boeing’s unmanned vehicle steam, said: “This demonstration gives Boeing and the Navy the opportunity to analyze the data collected and determine where future technology will be invested. It can be developed in collaboration with other unmanned systems in the U.S. Navy, including spectrum and other services. The technology allows the Navy to expand the range of sensors while keeping manned aircraft unhurt. This is a power multiplier that will allow a crew member to control multiple aircraft without significantly increasing the workload. It has the potential to improve survivability and situational awareness. “