Military Embedded Systems

Loyal Wingman unmanned aircraft taxis on its own power

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October 22, 2020

Emma Helfrich

Associate Editor

Military Embedded Systems

Loyal Wingman unmanned aircraft taxis on its own power
Boeing photo.

CHICAGO, Ill. The Boeing Loyal Wingman aircraft being developed with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) recently moved under its own power for the first time, a milestone for the aircraft that’s expected to make its first flight this year.

Reaching a maximum speed of 14 knots (approximately 16 mph, or 26 kilometers per hour), on the ground, the aircraft demonstrated several activities while maneuvering and stopping on command, officials claim.

Three Loyal Wingman prototypes will be the foundation for the Airpower Teaming System that Boeing will offer customers worldwide.

According to the company, the aircraft will fly alongside other platforms, using artificial intelligence for such teaming missions. The platoform is equipped with design and flight characteristics, including a modular nose section that’s customizable for specific needs, and a conventional takeoff and landing approach intended to be suitable for varying missions and runway types.

 

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