Boeing's ‘“Loyal Wingman” auf Jungfernflug
March 4, 2021 -
"Loyal Wingman" ist ein gemeinsames Projekt von Boeing und australischem Militär. Es ist eine Kampfdrohne, die ein bemanntes Flugzeug begleiten kann, sie bietet eine Leistung wie ein Kampfjet, ist allerdings wesentlich kostengünstiger.
The “Loyal Wingman” – the first military aircraft designed and manufactured in Australia in over 50 years – made its first flight on Feb 27.
The aircraft is 11.6m long, has a 2,000 nautical mile (3,700km) range, and a nose that can be outfitted with various payloads. The aircraft can also carry weapons and act as a shield to help protect more expensive manned fighter jets, according to its developers.
Boeing has decided to the Loyal Wingman as the basis for its $400 million U.S. Air Force Skyborg prototype, an executive at the plane maker said on Mar 2.
As part of the Skyborg programme, the U.S. Air Force hopes to build a family of low-cost, attritable drones that can be reused, but are cheap enough that losses in combat can be financially and operationally tolerated.
The project is meant to produce a family of uncrewed aerial systems that can move into contested spaces and conduct aerial missions that might be too dangerous for human pilots to perform.
- Boeing to base U.S. Air Force prototype on Australian pilotless combat jet (Reuters)
- BOEING AIRPOWER TEAMING SYSTEM (Boeing)
- Boeing Builds ATS Loyal Wingman For AFRL’s Skyborg Program (Aviation Week)
- Boeing Reveals 'Loyal Wingman' Sidekick Drone for Fighter Jets (Popular Mechanics)
- Boeing's ‘Loyal Wingman' UAV makes maiden flight (IHS Jane’s)