Boeing presents unmanned aircraft in Australia

A Boeing-led Australian industry team has presented a pilotless aircraft to the Royal Australian Air Force. Called ‘Loyal Wingman’, the aircraft uses artificial intelligence (AI) to extend the capabilities of piloted and unpiloted platforms, and was engineered using a digital twin to model its structures, systems, capabilities, and requirements. The prototype will enter a ground testing phase and is expected to have its first flight later in 2020. According to Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, ‘the Loyal Wingman will be pivotal to exploring the critical capabilities our Air Force needs to protect our nation and its allies into the future’.