A Boeing-led team has presented the Royal Australian Air Force with its first “Loyal Wingman” aircraft, an AI-equipped drone that’s designed to fly in coordination with crewed military airplanes.
It’s the first of three prototypes for Australia’s Loyal Wingman Advanced Development Program, and the first aircraft to be designed, engineered and manufactured in Australia in more than 50 years.
ATS uses artificial intelligence as a force multiplier, to complement and extend airborne missions flown by traditional combat aircraft.
Loyal Wingman drones are meant to provide fighter-like performance with the capacity to fly more than 2,000 nautical miles (2,300 statute miles).
The prototype unveiled today will now begin ground testing, with taxi tests and flight tests due later this year.

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