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Weapon Wednesday – Boeing’s Loyal Wingman

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A model of the unmanned Boeing Airpower Teaming System was unveiled at the Australian International Airshow
A model of the unmanned Boeing Airpower Teaming System was unveiled at the Australian International Airshow (Credit: Boeing)

Boeing has taken the wraps off its latest combat drone, presenting a model of its Loyal Wingman UAV at the Australian International Airshow. Formally referred to as Boeing Airpower Teaming System, the concept demonstrator aircraft is being developed in partnership between the Australian government and Boeing Australia.

Combat drones have been evolving with remarkable speed. They began as short-range recon aircraft, but now we’re seeing concepts like the Loyal Wingman, which is designed to work with conventional aircraft by complementing and extending their capabilities.

The new concept aircraft even looks different from many UAVs, with a profile more like a conventional fighter plane without a cockpit. When the actual prototype flies in 2020, the 38 ft (11.7 m) long airframe will have “fighter-like performance” with a range of 2,000 nm (2,301 mi, 3,704 km). There’s no mention of armament, but it will carry electronic warfare systems and sensor packages for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions. In addition, it will have artificial intelligence that will allow it to operate autonomously and safely with manned aircraft.

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Brent, aka The Common Constitutionalist, is a Constitutional Conservative, and advocates for first principles, founders original intent and enemy of progressives. He is former Navy, Martial Arts expert. As well as publisher of the Common Constitutionalist blog, he also is a contributing writer for Political Outcast, Godfather Politics, Minute Men News (Liberty Alliance), Freedom Outpost, the Daily Caller, Vision To America and Free Republic. He also writes an exclusive weekly column for World Net Daily (WND).

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