Boeing Showcased Loyal Wingman The First Combat Drone With AI For The Australian Air Force
It is assumed that the Loyal Wingman will carry out the commands of the pilot of another fighter, maneuvering independently.
The Australian division of the Boeing aircraft Corporation has presented a prototype of the first jet-powered combat unmanned aircraft with artificial intelligence, created for the country's air force. The respective announcement appeared on the company's website on Tuesday.
The feature of the new model, called the Loyal Wingman, is that it will be used as a fire support aircraft, operating in semi-Autonomous mode. It is assumed that the Loyal Wingman will carry out the commands of the pilot of another fighter, maneuvering independently. This is the main difference from standing in service with the Australian air force UAVs MQ-4C Triton and MQ-9 Reaper, which are controlled remotely.
"The Boeing Airpower Teaming System is a new unmanned aircraft using artificial intelligence to be that force multiplier. It's designed to work as a smart team with existing military aircraft to complement and extend airborne missions."
The company noted that a total of three prototypes will be built. Ground testing of the first of them will begin in the near future, and by the end of the year, it is planned to switch to test flights. Based on the Loyal Wingman UAV, the Boeing Airpower Teaming System (ATS) program will be developed for the global defense market.
The Australian authorities announced the launch of a program to create a fundamentally new type of drone in partnership with the American aviation Corporation Boeing in February 2019. In total, about $40 million is planned to be spent on the Loyal Wingman program.