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Loyal Wingman takes up position

5th May 2020 - 17:16 GMT | by Damian Kemp in Dublin

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Boeing has handed over the first prototype of a Loyal Wingman large multirole UAV to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), with the first flight expected before the end of 2020 and production planned before the mid-2020s.

Boeing is making three flying prototypes for Australia’s Loyal Wingman Advanced Development Programme and the aircraft also serves as the foundation for Boeing’s Airpower Teaming System (ATS).

The second aircraft is in the manufacturing phase but the company remains tight-lipped on many of the aircraft’s features and subsystems, such as the powerplant which is described as a ‘commercial off-the-shelf light jet engine’.

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

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