Military Embedded Systems

AI-enabled, Loyal Wingman UAV revealed by Boeing


May 05, 2020

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

Photo courtesy of Boeing.

CHICAGO, Ill. A Boeing-led Australian industry team has presented the first unmanned Loyal Wingman aircraft to the Royal Australian Air Force, a historic milestone for the company and the Commonwealth according to officials.

The aircraft, which uses artificial intelligence to extend the capabilities of manned and unmanned platforms, is the first to be designed, engineered, and manufactured in Australia in more than 50 years. It is Boeing’s largest investment in an unmanned aircraft outside of the United States, according to the company.

As the first of three prototypes for Australia’s Loyal Wingman Advanced Development Program, the aircraft also serves as the foundation for the Boeing Airpower Teaming System (ATS) being developed for the global defense market.

The aircraft was engineered using a digital twin to model its structures, systems, capabilities and full life-cycle requirements; manufactured with Boeing’s resin-infused single composite piece; and assembled using an advanced manufacturing processes.

The Loyal Wingman prototype now moves into ground testing, followed by taxi and first flight later this year.


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