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Avalon 2019: Secretive Loyal Wingman breaks cover

27th February 2019 - 07:24 GMT | by Damian Kemp in Melbourne

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Boeing unveiled a new large stealthy UAV at the Avalon Air Show, one designed to act as an escort support for manned aircraft and as a multirole system. It is expected to first fly in 2020.

Boeing officials were tight-lipped about whether countries such as the US had contributed to the development programme, dubbed the Boeing Airpower Teaming System (BATS), that has resulted in the Flying Wingman concept. Boeing also said it was the largest investment it had made in unmanned systems outside the US.

The Australian government invested A$40 million ($28.7 million) in the effort, and officials described it

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Damian Kemp has worked in the defence media for 17 years covering military aircraft, defence …

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