Boeing and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) announced on Tuesday local time that they completed the first test flight of a pilotless fighter jet designed to operate alongside manned aircraft.
Because it is important: The “Loyal Wingman” combat drone serves as the basis for the Boeing Airpower team-building system that is being developed for the company’s global defense customers. It has the potential to “revolutionize the RAAF’s manual of air combat tactics,” according to The Drive.
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The panorama: A Boeing test pilot was monitoring from a ground control station in the South Australian outback during the autonomous jet’s flight, according to a joint statement from Boeing and the RAAF.
- The Australian government has invested $ 31 million in the product, which Boeing previously said has attracted interest from countries like the United States, Reuters notes.
- It is the first military aircraft designed and manufactured in Australia in more than 50 years.
What they are saying: Air Force Deputy Marshal Cath Roberts, RAAF Air Force chief of capability, said in a statement: “The Loyal Wingman project is a pioneer for the integration of autonomous systems and artificial intelligence to create intelligent human and machine equipment. “.
Retrospective scene: Boeing’s pilotless vehicle flies for the first time